Back in January, Wolves were believed to be a potential destination for Atletico Madrid attacker Thomas Lemar.
Super agent Jorge Mendes has ties with both Wolves and Atletico Madrid, previously playing a significant role in bringing Raul Jimenez, Jonny Otto and Diogo Jota to Molineux, so Mundo Deportivo understandably made that link.
However, the former Monaco man – who joined the Spanish side for a whopping £52.7m – ended up staying at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, where he has since done nothing to suggest that Nuno Espirito Santo will be kicking himself for not getting a deal over the line.
The France international has made three appearances for Diego Simeone’s side since the January window ended, failing to impress in any of them as Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 to Real Madrid but beat both Granada and Liverpool by the same scoreline.
Lemar played 40, three and 45 minutes respectively in each of those outings, failing to register a WhoScored match rating of over 7.00 in any of those appearances – he earned a 6.38, 6.08 and 6.43 rating in those games respectively.
We won’t delve too much into the statistics from the win over Granada, as he played just three minutes of the game.
However, against Liverpool, Lemar reverted to type. He was subbed off at half-time by Simeone after again failing to have a shot or a key pass, while also registering a mere 14 touches as well as eight passes.
He may admittedly have time on his side at just 24 years of age, but given how much Atletico paid for him, we presume that he wouldn’t have come cheap for Nuno – therefore making the fact that Wolves didn’t sign him all the more sweet.
In other news, Nuno should feel comfortable in selling Diogo Jota due to the presence of one man waiting in the wings…