The three teams to come up from the Championship are all on different paths, but all look capable of staying up and maybe doing a lot more besides
The summer is ending, the new season is here, and three fresh clubs are joining the Premier League, charged with the innocent hope that they can be the latest to establish themselves in the glitziest division of them all. In August, it is easy to feel that way without any logic, the cynicism from last season washed away.
But this time, might the good vibes from Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff be genuinely justified? Is this the best-prepared trio to ever join the Premier League? Usually the sole aim of new clubs arriving in the top flight is survival, but you could make a pretty convincing case that at least two of the new class could not only stay up, but finish in the top 10. Wolves have augmented a squad that was probably already Premier League standard, Fulham have had arguably the most eye-catching transfer window in the whole division, and Cardiff are managed by Neil Warnock, so anything could happen.