This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
After Helder Costa joined Leeds on loan it was evident that Wolves would need to sign a new forward ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
They were already needing to add bodies to a squad that lacked depth last term but now it’s become even more vital for Nuno Santo.
Wolves Bite have already laid claims that the manager will look to keep his squad small next season but they are still reportedly in the market for a striker.
Could Carlos Vinicius be their man? Only time will tell, but the Brazilian could be involved in a €20m (£17.9m) switch to the Midlands. That’s according to Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, who claim Wolves have already watched him in action.
The Napoli man spent the first half of last season on loan at Rio Ave before then playing the second half of the campaign at Monaco. In total he scored ten goals over the course of the season.
Yet it was in Portugal where he started to find his feet in the professional game. In Liga NOS, he lit up the division, scoring eight goals in 14 outings.
We’ve already stated the player has work to do to improve in terms of the number of unsuccessful touches he has, but from his time with Rio Ave there is a major area where he was especially good.
It’s crucial to understand that Vinicius was, of course, playing in a division below the Premier League’s quality. As of 2018/19, Portugal sat five places below England in the coefficient rankings.
But despite that, he was still hugely impressive, having 2.7 shots per game during his loan spell with Rio Ave, regularly appearing in positions where he was able to have an effort on goal.
And it’s that area that could benefit Wolves hugely.
Last term, Raul Jimenez was at the top of the tree for that statistic, averaging 2.9 shots every 90 minutes.
But Diogo Jota is significantly worse than the pair of them, having 1.8 shots on average.
The Portuguese is a player who tends to play far deeper and likes to run at the defence but Vinicius could change this and give the club a more direct goal threat to go alongside their 17-goal Mexican.
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Although there is room to be concerned after scoring just twice at Monaco, his form at Rio Ave is evidence of the positives he can bring.
He was a regular goal threat and even if he isn’t always scoring, constantly testing the goalkeeper can never be a bad thing.