Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Premier League are two things that never really went together all that smoothly. It was like an ill-fitting pair of new shoes; you desperately try to fit into them, but at the end of the day it’s just not the right size. With that in mind, it seems pretty likely that you’ve forgotten about these afterthoughts that appeared in the top flight for the club.
We aren’t saying that these lot weren’t solid players at one point or another, but there’s a difference between being noticed and just kind of being there. If they’d been a little bit more capable at times, perhaps we’d still be calling Wolves a Premier League club to this day. Then again, probably not.
One of Norway's greatest sons, kind of - and a man who did alright for Wolves during his time at the club by averaging a goal every four games. It doesn't sound great when you say it out loud, though. Image Source: Dagbladet
After being an absolute monster down in the Championship, injuries severely restricted Iwelumo's ability to perform in the top flight for the club. Thankfully he did manage to poke his head out of the water once or twice, but overall it was a disappointing end to his tenure in the Midlands. Image Source: Express & Star
Andy Keogh scored the goal that gave Wolves their first victory back in the Premier League. Free pints for life, we reckon. Image Source: WolvesThai
Wolves fans should spend five minutes every day praising the gods above that they were able to possess the talents of Denis Irwin, if only for a brief period of time. The guy was a midfield general and despite being past his best, he was still better than most. Image Source: Wolves Fancast
Most commonly known as the man who put the final nail in the coffin of Belgium at Euro 2016, Sam Vokes' humble beginnings in the big time came at Molineux following a few years with Bournemouth. The guy was good, but not quite good enough. Kind of like those limited edition Oreos that you see nowadays. Image Source: Getty Images
Jelle Van Damme
Aside from having the greatest name in the history of football, Jelle didn't really do anything of relevance at Wolves. What a shame. Image Source: 7SUR7.be
Marcus Bent always seems to be in the headlines whether it's for possession of cocaine or attempting to play for every football team under the sun. Unfortunately for Wolves, they're a part of this guy's history. Image Source: The Sun
Remember when Emmanuel Frimpong was a thing? Image Source: Shropshire Star
Dorus de Vries
We often wonder whether or not Dorus de Vries looks back on his time in Wolverhampton and quietly weeps, trying to forget the whole ordeal in the process. Poor guy. Image Source: Wolves.co.uk
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Wolverhampton Wanderers are, historically speaking, one of the biggest teams in English football. Unfortunately things haven’t quite translated to this new era of the Premier League and given where they find themselves right now, it seems like it’ll be a long old time before they make their presence felt in the top flight once again.