Arguably one of Wolves’ hottest players right now is Diogo Jota.
The 2-cap Portugal international is a man with five goals in his last two appearances, hitting a hat-trick against Espanyol in the Europa League before putting Norwich to the sword with two goals in a 3-0 win at Molineux.
It comes after he notched nine Premier League goals with five assists to his name as well last season, while it must also be noted that he smashed in 17 goals when Wolves earned promotion from the Championship – he has shone since his move from Atletico Madrid.
However, Wolves should feel comfortable to cash in amid interest from Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are believed to be interested in a move for the 23-year-old, and instead of fighting tooth and nail to keep him at Molineux, Nuno Espirito Santo should feel able to part with a favourite of his because of Pedro Neto’s presence.
The 19-year-old prospect looks like a real gem. Since arriving from Braga in the summer, the teenager has two goals and two assists in the Premier League, looking sharp almost every time he takes to the pitch and certainly not lacking in confidence – Joe Edwards of The Express & Star waxed lyrical about the Portuguese prodigy.
As things stand, Neto has only made seven Premier League starts as he battles for a place with Jota, Adama Traore and January arrival Daniel Podence, so there is clearly fierce competition in attack.
As a result, that is why Nuno should feel comfortable to cash in on Jota, as he has a ready-made replacement right under his nose amid a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal.
Jota has admittedly been in fine form of late, but before his hat-trick against Espanyol, he hadn’t scored or assisted since early December.
With Neto looking as promising as he has been, his development should take precedent over keeping Jota.
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