Forget Petagna, Wolves would be wasting their money on goal-shy Italian forward

Italian website Tuttomercatoweb have reported that both Southampton and Wolves are interested in Atalanta striker Andrea Petagna.

What’s the story?

Petagna’s club have reportedly set a price tag of between €10-12m for the 22-year-old amid interest from the Premier League.

The 22-year-old came through the youth system at AC Milan and played just five times for the club without scoring a goal. During his development at Milan he was loaned out four times before eventually signing for Atalanta in January 2016, only to be loaned immediately back to Ascoli where he had spent the first half of that season.

Since then, in his two seasons for Atalanta’s first team, Petagna has made 75 appearances in all competitions but has only scored 11 goals. This is an extremely poor return for someone who is a highly-rated young striker and Wolves may be wise to avoid him this summer.

Better options

Benik Afobe celebrates scoring for Wolverhampton Wanderers

If Wolves were looking for a striker in Petagna’s mould then they shouldn’t have made the decision to loan-out Benik Afobe to Stoke just 11 days after they had signed him on a permanent deal from Bournemouth.

Like Afobe, Petagna is a powerful centre-forward who can bring other players into the game. Unlike Afobe though, the Italian lacks Premier League experience and could take time to get up and running in England, by which time he may find that fans and coaches alike may have lost their patience if he is failing to find the back of the net as has been the case in Serie A.

As Wolves head back to the Premier League, they have been linked with a number of top players and have managed to sign some of these already, including Portugal’s number one Rui Patricio. However, there are better options both in the transfer market and already at Molineux than Petagna and this move would be a mistake for the club.