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Carlos Vinicius will have to improve if he joins Wolves

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…

Per a report from the newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, Wolves are interested in Napoli striker Carlos Vinicius.

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Wolves weren’t exactly shy of goals in 2018/19.

Raul Jimenez enjoyed a terrific first campaign in English football, finding the back of the net 17 times in all competitions. Diogo Jota, meanwhile, scored ten times.

However, in order to add depth to their ranks it appears as though they want to bring in another striker.

The 24-year-old Vinicius is being linked to the club by Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness, who suggests they’re ready to pay as much as €20m (£17.9m) for the player.

They claim that Wolves have studied and watched his performances in recent months.

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Improvement needed

Vinicius appears to be a fine talent, something that was evident by the eight goals he scored in just 14 appearances on loan at Rio Ave in Portugal during the first half of the campaign.

However, his form took a turn for the worst when he joined Monaco on a temporary basis for the second part of the season.

He was afforded just three starts, scoring two goals in a total of 16 matches. It was a pretty dismal period for the Brazilian who was a part of a side languishing near the bottom of Ligue 1.

As such, it’s safe to say that the forward is a hugely inconsistent performer. Presented with regular opportunities it looks like he flourishes, but as a rotation player, he seems to struggle.

At Monaco he found it a fight to get into the side and if he’s reduced to featuring behind Jota and Jimenez at Wolves, he may well find life difficult once more.

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He’ll have to make significant strides in one specific area if he does join though.

In Ligue 1 last term, his pass success was a measly 57.3%, whilst in Liga NOS it came to 71.8%.

That second stat puts him near the bottom of the tree in terms of the current crop of Wolves players. Only Matt Doherty from an outfield perspective had a worse percentage compared to Vinicius’ stats at Rio Ave.

As a result, he’ll have to be far more careful in possession if he does join Wolves this summer. At a reported €20m (£17.9m), they may be better staying away.

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