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View From The Town End: Wolverhampton Wanderers

What should Reading expect from Saturday’s visitors?

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

How is the season going so far for Wolves?

11 wins from 16 matches and top of the table, I probably don't need to say any more than that. We came in with high hopes after another summer of heavy investment, but I think the performances have surpassed expectations.

Jorge Mendes' involvement at Molineux has been in the news a fair bit this season, what do you make of it all?

At the moment I think we've only enjoyed the benefits, namely his contact list and influence. Wolves have been able to get players that no other Championship club had any hope of signing and that's given them a competitive advantage. Fans are hardly going to complain about that are they? But at some point I imagine it will serve his purposes to move players on from Wolves and we may see a backlash then.

Generally speaking, I don't think the relationship is underhanded or unfair. We've seen the influence of agents develop steadily so it makes sense for a club to align themselves with one of the best. I think it's a bit late in the day to start complaining about agents and where money is going. That train has long since left the station.

What's going right for Wolves right now?

Ambitious owners, a coach who knows exactly how he wants to play and most importantly, players who can get it done. When you've got owners, coaches and players all singing from the same hymn sheet you're usually onto a winner and it feels like that's exactly what's happening.

And what could be going better?

Internally, not much really. The only worry is that despite such a strong start, we've still got Sheffield United and Cardiff breathing down our necks and a few others are coming up on the rails. I've seen enough football now to say with some confidence we're probably the best team in the league, but I expect we won't have it all our own way.

What do you make of Reading at the moment? Is there anyone in our team you're worried about facing?

Tough start to the season after getting so close to the Premier League last time. Seems like you've added a few players to the squad and maybe it's taking time for those new faces to adjust? The recent wins, particularly at Derby, suggest things might be starting to turn.

You've signed a couple of Wolves boys in Edwards and Bodvarsson who'll be keen to perform against the manager who deemed them surplus to requirements and former players routinely cause us pain. I fear their impact for sure. Aluko is a good player and we've struggled against big target men this year so Kermorgant is another one I hope we can keep quiet.

How do you see the match going? And what will the score be?

With your recent upturn in form and the curse of former players, I can definitely smell danger. But if we play to our maximum I think we win, so maybe a narrow 2-1 to the old gold. The teams we've struggled against this season have been those who press high and stop us playing out from the back.

Reading don't strike me as that type of side, so it could be more of a chess match to see who uses the ball most effectively and I'd always fancy this Wolves side in that type of contest.

Thanks to @WolvesBlog creator Thomas Baugh for taking the time to answer our questions - you can catch him on Twitter @ThomasBaugh.