Kenny Jackett recently revealed that Wolverhampton Wanderers will not alter their transfer policy, despite their inconsistent form so far. The 53-year old spoke of the need to secure ‘young and hungry’ players ‘in terms of going forward’.
It’s not been an easy season thus far. While not a complete disaster, the club have slipped out of the top half of the league and are well beneath the playoff pack as things stand. Jackett himself has been linked with the QPR job, albeit he insists he remains fully committed to the cause in the Midlands.
Star striker Benik Afobe is going through a rough patch at the moment, having only notched four in his last fourteen appearances, and is five games without a goal at the time of writing – his worst run yet.
So, it’s not exactly going swimmingly. Still, the fact the side twice fought from behind to earn a point away at Ipswich is encouraging. There’s something to work with in this team, and perhaps some astute January additions can help.
After signing Mike Williamson on loan from Premier League strugglers Newcastle, Jackett has been linked with borrowing another player from the North East giants. Striker Adam Armstrong, currently on loan at Coventry,
The 18-year old has been in red hot form for the Sky Blues, earning high praise off of current teammate Joe Cole – who compared the Young Lion to Sergio Aguero. In light of Afobe’s struggles, a move for the striker could well be on the cards.
He has netted an impressive twelve times in just 15 appearances for the League One leaders, and his loan spell ends at the end of 2015.
Unlikely to break the first-team at Newcastle, Jackett should target the England Under-19 star to improve his frontline.
Reports suggest that Wolves could allow George Saville to make his loan move at Millwall permanent when the transfer window reopens. The 22-year old moved to the London club on loan in October, and looks to be enjoying his time back in the capital.
Apparent interest from Brentford and Celtic will hopefully bring a bidding war, though it is understood that the club are happy to sell the former Chelsea youngster for £500,000 in January.
A £1m signing, the midfielder was not part of the first-team squad whilst at Molineux, and his sale could help boost the coffers for Jackett heading into the New Year market.
They say never judge a player off of his YouTube exploits, but Wrexham youngster Dominic Vose is proving to be an online sensation after his sensational goal against Gateshead.
The 21-year old former West Ham and Fulham youngster has been linked with a host of Championship teams, with Wolves thought to be one of the clubs interested. Nine goals in 20 games from an attacking midfield positions has made him one of the most sought after non-league players in recent times.
With all the hype surrounding Jamie Vardy currently, it is not out of the realms of possibility that the club could look further down the league structure in order to improve their squad. Clearly a talented individual, Vose certainly fills the ‘young and hungry’ criteria the club apply to any potential acquisition.
Benik Afobe was the subject of numerous bids from Norwich City over the summer, and both the Canaries and fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa have been linked with making a move for the striker.
The new man at the helm for the Villa Park, Remi Garde, has taken over the Premier League’s lowest scorers and is desperate need of firepower. They have only mustered 12 strikes all season, with Rudy Gestede failing to find the back of the net since the end of September.
A £10m bid has been mooted, and while Jackett and the club stood firm in the summer in order to keep their prized asset, they could reevaluate should another bid arrive.