I've touched on this point in other threads recently, but the way Fosun have structured our operating model with regards to player recruitment is nothing short of a masterstroke. For teams trying to break into the top half of The Premier League, a huge barrier to sustained success is attracting and retaining players. One great season can often be followed by a frantic summer trying to stop your best performers leaving and renegotiating contracts. So teams like Albion can get a Lukaku on loan and his goals can help fire them to 8th place, but they are almost guaranteed to lose him the following season when he returns to his parent club, or is sold to another club of higher status. Their replacement is often sub-standard and the next season becomes a struggle as they narrowly avoid relegation finishing 17th. Similar things have happened to clubs like Leicester and Southampton, albeit not to the same extremes. Some of their best players leave and their team is weakened by sub-standard replacements. Out of the clubs mentioned, Southampton have done particularly well to keep identifying and replacing their talent with players of equal ability or potential. Up until this season, I thought that the Southampton 'way of life' was the best existence a club of our current status could aspire to. But the way Fosun have structured our operating model has changed that opinion. Here's why..... A huge power shift has occurred in recent years, where the players, or more specifically the players' agents, hold all the power when it comes to deciding where they play their football. Fosun have stated publicly that their vision for Wolves is to take us into The Champions League. I think Fosun foresaw that 'player power' or 'agent power' could be a huge barrier to achieving this vision based on what's happened at other clubs. You can't just rely on being 'the next Leicester' and hoping everything falls into place for one perfect season. So Fosun's way of overcoming this barrier was to do what no other club has done before and have one agent central to everything they do in terms of player recruitment and retention. Not any agent either, the agent widely regarded as the most influential in world football. Like I say, a masterstroke from Fosun. We all know that at some point, we will see the other side to our relationship with Jorge Mendes and some of our best players will be sold for a lot of money. But unlike teams who struggle to find a suitable replacement, we can sleep easy in the knowledge that if Jorge moves someone on, he probably has a replacement equally as exciting already waiting in the wings. It is this model that can lead to the sustained success of Fosun's vision, rather than just the occasional good season. If this current season ends up as successful as it appears it's going to, other teams will look to our blueprint for that success and build similar structures. Agents aren't going away any time soon. Clubs need to start using them to their advantage rather than fighting their influence within the game. Luckily for us, Fosun were the first to see this and got the best agent out there on board.