Romain Saiss has said that he can understand why people question Wolves’ link to the super agent Jorge Mendes, but does believe he is ‘one of the best’ in the world at what he does.
Wanderers are going through a very rough patch at the moment, and aspects of how the club is run are coming under the microscope.
A lot of Wolves’ transfer business since Fosun took over the club in 2016 has been overseen by Mendes.
The Portuguese has been responsible for many players making the move to Molineux.
He was at it again this summer, bringing Goncalo Guedes, Matheus Nunes and Sasa Kalajdzic to the club.
The team has been struggling now for around the last six months, and people have been asking the question about Mendes and whether the relationship between him and Wolves is still a good thing.
Saiss spoke about it in his interview with Talking Wolves, and admitted he gets people questioning it.
Speaking about Wolves not immediately replacing Bruno Lage, he said (1:06:40): “It’s difficult at Wolves. Everyone knows, people are talking about the influence of Jorge Mendes for example.
“As an agent for example, how can you place a player in this club. If you think (about it), one agent has maybe three-quarters of the team. And it could the same for the managers. All the managers that have been at Wolves the last five or six years have been from the same agent.
“You think another one will come, and he has to deal with everything. I can understand people have some questions about it.
“But we have to be honest, he brought some ******* good players into that club. So you cannot blame the club to work with him. He’s one of the best in his job.
“But at the same time you have to understand the other people who are not from the same agent.”
Jorge Mendes has a good track record, but Wolves should be less reliant on him
Mendes has undeniably helped Wolves to become an established Premier League club.
He has brokered several deals over the past few years and some fantastic players have graced Molineux.
But it is now starting to feel as though the club should be looking to have less of a reliance on him.
In another part of the interview, Saiss talks about how Wolves seem to be losing their identity.
There was a big overhaul in the summer, and established stars left to accommodate players proposed by Mendes.