Wolverhampton Wanderers (1st, 99; 30-9-7; 43)
For the third time in club history, Wolverhampton Wanderers have cracked their way into the Premier League and will embark on their fifth-ever season in the re-branded English top flight of football.
Wolves were world beaters this past season in the Championship. They finished with 30 wins and a point shy of the century mark. On the back of their young chairman Jeff Shi and Chinese conglomerate and investment firm called Fosun International, Wolverhampton are marching back to Premier League football. They also have one of the most powerful agents in world football playing the role of “adviser” to the club.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes tapped into the Portuguese talent-pipeline for Wolves. Nuno Espírito Santo became the head coach, former Porto captain Rúben Neves was installed as the engine and Hélder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro, and Diogo Jota captured supporting roles.
Wolves went from 15th in the Championship in 2017, to the top in 2018. Embrace the new era, people. Wolve sure have.
Cardiff City (2nd, 90; 27-9-10; 30)
For the second time in the club’s history, Cardiff City will travel to world football epicenters in Manchester and London to play the big boys in England’s top flight. The Welsh club quickly replaces one of its own (Swansea City) as it returns to the Premier League for the first time since their last-place finish in 2014.
You hate to point at the manager for the reason a club rises through the divisions in English football but it’s hard to mention Cardiff’s promotion without Neil Warnock. The veteran coach has a record eight promotions to his resume and recently called Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League his greatest achievement.
Fulham (3rd, 88; 25-13-8; 33)
After earning promotion the hard way by beating Aston Villa in the richest game in the world, the Championship play-off final, Fulham is back in the top tier and ready for their 14 seasons in the Premier League.
Wonderboy winger Ryan Sessegnon won every trophy there is to win in the Championship and gave Fulham a Wilfried Zaha-esque push toward the Premier League.
Of the three clubs back in the Premier League, Fulham history is the richest in the league. They return to the top division with more all-time Premier League games played than Watford, Burnley, Bournemouth, Brighton and Huddersfield combined.
The three promoted clubs have already been in business with their wallets a little wider this offseason. We’ll be back to track the movement of the rosters after the World Cup.