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Hodgson impressed by ‘bona fide Premier League team,’ Wolves

Roy Hodgson thinks that newly promoted Wolves side are already a bona fide Premier League team, despite them only being seven games into their return to the top flight.

Wolves have put together an impressive looking squad thanks to some wealthy backers and the help of super agent Jorge Mendes, and having taken the Championship by storm last season, they have made a solid start to life in the Premier League, losing only one game so far.

They currently sit in ninth place with 12 points having won three and drawn three, including two admirable points against Man City and Man Utd so far.

Next up for Wolves is Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and when asked during his pre-match press conference whether Wolves were the best side to ever be promoted side to the top flight from the Championship, Palace boss Roy Hodgson said: “I don’t agree or disagree.

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“It is dangerous to say things like that and I wouldn’t want that if I was the Wolves coach. Hull City were top of the Premier League in September not so long ago. I am sure that the manager won’t be thinking along those terms.

“But when good things are being said you should lap it up and enjoy it, but not let it get to your heads. I am impressed by them and congratulate them on such a good start.

“We have watched them and had our scouting reports, and it is all very positive in how they are playing and the players they have. They are way up there and we are preparing for a very difficult game.

“But it would have been the case too if they had been bottom. This is a bona fide Premier League team capable of causing us damage. Their mood and confidence must be high, and that must be a good thing for a coach.”

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