Back in January, Kevin Thelwell, John Marshall and the rest of the Wolves recruitment team earmarked RB Salzburg forward Hwang Hee-chan and Dinamo Zagreb attacker Dani Olmo as attainable transfer targets.
“As recently as last month, when fans were baying for new signings, Thelwell, John Marshall and his recruitment team were believed to have put forward Hwang Hee-chan and Dani Olmo as viable transfer targets. Nuno, who has the final say, preferred to go in another direction and the two most high-profile additions of the window (Daniel Podence and Leonardo Campana) were both Mendes clients.”
The duo were attractive targets, having shone in the Champions League at times this season while also registering impressive goalscoring numbers throughout the campaign.
Hee-chan netted at Anfield after putting Virgil van Dijk on his backside, whereas Olmo scored against Manchester City – as things stand, the pair have 26 and 17 goal involvements respectively this term.
So, when Nuno Espirito Santo decided to take a different direction and target Daniel Podence and Leonardo Campana instead, eyebrows may well have been raised.
However, the form of Olmo so far has done little to suggest that Nuno was wrong.
However, in those outings, he has just a single assist to show for his efforts, and hasn’t looked close to scoring.
Additionally, he has made a total of two key passes, and hasn’t embarked on a single dribble.
Admittedly, he is still a young player at just 21 years of age, and is also adapting to a new country.
However, his lack of attacking involvements aside from goals and assists is alarming, and is serving to suggest that Nuno was right to look elsewhere, especially given the money involved – Gianluca Di Marzio revealed that Wolves offered a total package worth around €30m (£25.6m).
He may well become a success in Germany, but as of now, Nuno’s bold January call on Olmo has been vindicated.
In other news, here’s the XI that we think Nuno must deploy against Tottenham…