Getting the recruitment right was always going to be crucial if Wolverhampton Wanderers were to enjoy a successful first season back in the Premier League.
Having stormed to the Championship title, manager Nuno Espirito Santo had to strike a fine act between rewarding the players who had got them there and strengthening the squad in key positions.
It’s safe to say the Molineux club achieved more than expected, in both the league and domestic competition.
Wolves eventually finished 7th in the table with 57 points to their name, making them the ‘best of the rest’ outside of the league’s ‘big six’ clubs.
In addition, Espirito Santo guided them to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, in which they suffered a heartbreaking extra-time defeat to Javi Gracia’s Watford.
Owners Fosun International are likely to splash the cash further this summer, with the aim of building on the achievements of this campaign.
With this in mind, we have decided to take a look at all of Wolves’ signings this season and rate them from A-F as to how successful they have been.
Grading Wolves' 2018/19 summer signings
Adama Traore - E
Traore joined from Middlesbrough in a then club record £18m deal but has struggled to earn a regular spot in Wolves starting XI. The tricky winger has talent but will need to show it on a more consistent basis next season.
Willy Boly - B
The French centre-back has formed a formidable defensive trio with Ryan Bennett and Conor Coady this season. He was familiar with the club having been on loan last season.
Rui Patricio - A
Wolves eventually forked out £15m for Patricio after elongated negotiations with Sporting Lisbon, a fee that seems to be worth every penny. The ‘keeper started all but one Premier League match, keeping seven cleansheets.
Leo Bonatini - F
Having scored 12 Championship goals on loan at the club, Bonatini joined permanently in a £3.6m deal from Al-Hilal. However, he failed to impress in the top-flight and joined Nottingham Forest on a half-season loan in January.
Diogo Jota - B
After starting the season slowly, Jota really came into his own when partnered with Raul Jimenez up front. The Portuguese international finished with nine top-flight goals to his name.
Joao Moutinho - A
Costing just £5m from Monaco, the experienced midfielder has bought much-needed control and playmaking ability to the Wolves midfield. He was yesterday awarded the fans’ Player of the Year award.
Raul Jimenez - A
The Mexican international fired 13 goals and provided seven goals in the Premier League season. That convinced Wolves to take up the option to sign him permanently for £30m last month.
Ruben Vinagre - C
The left wing-back has given a good account of himself when asked to deputise for Jonny Otto. However, he has work to do if he is to establish himself as first choice next season.
Jonny Otto - C
Similarly to Jimenez, Jonny joined on loan last summer before making a £15m permanent move in January. The defender has performed consistently both going forwards and defending his own goal all campaign.
Leander Dendoncker - B
The Belgian international is another to move on loan last summer, having featured for the Red Devils in the Russia World Cup. Whether deployed at centre-back or in the heart of midfield, Dendocker proved himself to be more than capable of competing in the top flight.