Ahead of their return to the top tier of English football, Wolves have so far made seven signings and are looking to make it eight with a deal close to being agreed with Inter Milan for midfielder and ex-West Ham loanee Joao Mario.
Despite the influx of players to Molineux already, one man who stormed onto the world stage this summer and who boss Nuno Espirito Santo cannot ignore is Russian winger Denis Cheryshev.
The 27-year-old made his introduction to the World Cup as a first half substitute in his country’s first group game against Saudi Arabia after Alan Dzagoev pulled up with a hamstring injury. To say Cheryshev seized his opportunity would be an understatement. His first goal came just before half-time as he dinked the ball over a sliding defender before lashing home to put Russia two goals clear.
If that goal shocked the world from a man who struggled to break into the Villarreal side last season, his second was sure to make a splash. With Russia already 3-0 up, Cheryshev curled an outside of the boot shot from the left hand side of the box into the far corner to really set the tournament alight.
After this, Cheryshev went on to score two more goals in the tournament and equal his tally for the whole season, in all competitions, in Spain.
His side went on to beat Spain on penalties in the round of 16, before losing to eventual finalists Croatia.
Not only do his 13 total shots and eight dribbles in the competition show how busy a player Cheryshev can be, the 12 attempts at tackles he made represent the hard work and pressure that he put in defensively.
Cheryshev has spent his whole career playing his football in Spain since coming through the youth ranks and the B team of Real Madrid.
Despite being in Madrid’s first-team set up since 2012, he has only ever made seven appearances for Los Blancos and spent most of his time out on loan before joining his current club in 2016.
His only goal for Madrid came in a 2015 Copa Del Rey match against Cadiz. Unfortunately, Cheryshev should have been suspended for the match after receiving three yellow-cards in the competition the season before while on loan at Villarreal and Real were expelled from the competition.
However, after his performances in his home country this summer, Wolves boss Santo should consider bringing in to challenge or replace winger Ivan Cavaleiro.