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Kannemann can benefit Wolves in one significant area if he completes move

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Walter Kannemann has been attracting the interest of Wolves this summer as the Midlands club eye up a move for the five-cap Argentine.

Also linked with a switch to Arsenal, the defender’s agent confirmed last week that there was direct attention from Wolves.

The 28-year-old was unfortunately ruled out of the Copa America through injury and as far as results were concerned, he also had a difficult start to the 2019 Brazilian season, conceding seven in the opening three matches he played for Corinthians.

But despite that, he could still have a huge influence in a key area if he arrived in England.

On the chalkboard

Wolves are of course known for their three at the back formation, which last season was predominantly made up of Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Ryan Bennett.

Between them, they all played over 30 games each in the Premier League, cementing themselves as some of the first names on Nuno Santo’s team-sheet.

However, that could be disrupted if the physical presence of Kannemann joins this summer.

Like Boly, he is a force to be reckoned with and his tackling stats this year are supreme.

Throughout the opening of the Brazilian campaign, he has made 3.7 tackles per game, including winning seven in one fixture as he kept a clean sheet against Sao Paulo.

Last season, he managed to average 2.6 in terms of the number of tackles he made per outing, a statistic that beats Boly.

In the Premier League, the Frenchman completed 2.4 per match which does come close to Wolves’ Argentinian target.

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However, it’s crucial to bear in mind that Boly has been playing at a considerably higher level than Kannemann, so if he makes the move things might well balance out.

The top-flight of English football is known for being tough and physical, so much so that Pep Guardiola admitted he struggled to adapt during his opening season with Manchester City.

It remains to be seen whether Kannemann would be up to the combative nature of the Premier League but his ability to get stuck into tackles certainly shows he’s no slouch.

He’s no-nonsense in his approach and that was evident in the 4.3 clearances he made in Brazil in 2018.

If you bear that in mind, he could be exactly the type of player who takes to England like a duck to water.

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