Shearer: Wolves belong in the big league

Alan Shearer believes Wolves have been ‘brilliant’ since arriving back in the Premier League after a six-year absence following last season’s Championship winning campaign.

The former England striker was at Molineux on Monday night as he joined the Match of the Day crew in covering Wolves’ FA Cup victory over Liverpool where he was very complimentary about the club and fellow number nine Raul Jimenez.

On impressing in the Premier League

“The way that Wolves played last year and the number of points that they amassed, they had players who were ready to play in the Premier League already, so the transition wasn’t so difficult.

“Having said that, you’ve still got to go out and perform and it can be a bit of an eye-opener, but they’ve looked really comfortable and they’re impressing everyone.”

On Wolves’ current campaign

“They’ve been brilliant. I know they’ve had one or two poor results but in the main I think they’ve been absolutely superb.

“They’ve had some impressive results against the big boys as well – they’ve taken them on and beaten them.”

On Morgan Gibbs-White

“Right now, he looks very comfortable on the ball, doesn’t look fazed by the Premier League at all and is gaining valuable experience by the week.

“I hope he can progress at Wolves and go on to have an England career, as he looks a really good prospect.”

On Jiménez’s goalscoring

“I’ve been impressed. He’s got six league goals so far and if he can get between ten and 15 in his first season, in a team that finishes outside of the top six, then I think it’s been a successful season for him.

“The times that I’ve seen him he’s done very well, and he’s been difficult to play against – as you have to be playing the position.”

On Wolves as a club

“It’s already a big football club. When you walk here to Molineux and come into the stadium you just see what it’s about.

“It’s a big football club and one that belongs in the big league. I’ve been impressed with the whole club – both on and off the pitch.”

Other footballing stars and BBC pundits who have had their say on Wolves’ season so far include: