In the Pipeline: Wolves target Jamie Hamilton

Wolves have been particularly shrewd when it’s come to making foreign signings since Nuno Santo took over. However, they might now be about to do the same with a British talent.

The Daily Mail claims that the Midlands side are weighing up a move for Hamilton Academical’s promising youngster Jamie Hamilton.

A defender by trade, he’s been earning impressive reviews for his displays for Scotland U17s where he’s starred in the centre of defence. According to the report, he could cost as little as £800,000 too.

However, Wolves will face competition from fellow Premier League side Burnley who have also taken a keen interest in the Scottish centre-half.

The 17-year-old is yet to make his senior debut but that doesn’t look to have put off his potential suitors who are clearly still impressed by his ability.

Hamilton appeared on the bench in the SPFL last weekend, which was a testament to his development so far. It’s been a breakthrough campaign for the young defender, who shone in the UEFA Youth League earlier in the season.

He played in all four matches as his club side beat Basel before being defeated by Midtjylland across two legs.

He’s an exciting talent and should Wolves complete a move then they may have a long term replacement for Conor Coady on their hands.

Given that Hamilton is only 17 then he won’t walk straight into the starting XI, but he has the attributes to suggest that he could be a successor in the near future, particularly as a middle centre back.

Like Coady, he’s incredibly comfortable on the ball and that would lend itself to the system Nuno operates with at Wolves. He’s also a natural leader, having captained his national side at youth level. In the seven matches he’s played for Scotland U17s, he’s found the back of the net once.

Another aspect of his game is his versatility, having the ability to play on the right of defence, as well as in a defensive midfield position, something else he has in common with Coady.

Considering his age, it’s tough to predict just how far he’ll go, but he’s certainly making the right strides and Wolves would have a fantastic player to add to an academy side who have already won their respective league this term.