Performance in Numbers: Sanson has the potential to dethrone Moutinho at Wolves

If there was one area of the Wolves side that doesn’t need improving it would be in midfield.

The arrivals of Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker last summer vastly improved that area of the pitch and alongside Ruben Neves, they have one of best trios in the Premier League.

However, at the age of 32 Moutinho isn’t getting any younger.

Despite being at Molineux for just a year, a replacement could be on the cards and considering the number of extra matches that are likely to be played next term, it’s a cunning idea to be pursuing a similar player.

Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol confirmed this week that Wolves had been offered the chance to sign Morgan Sanson.

It’s a claim that follows up their initial targeting of the player back in March.

A creative midfielder, the Marseille man is brilliant both in defensive and attacking areas of play, something that instantly draws similarities to Moutinho.

The Portuguese was strong in the tackle last season, winning three tackles per game. Sanson, on the other hand, won 2.1.

But when it comes to their passing range they’re more alike.

In long balls forward last season, no midfield man at Wolves came close to Neves who averaged an almighty 6.1 in the top-flight.

But assessing Moutinho’s and Sanson’s contribution in that regard, there is only 0.2 difference between the pair.

The most the latter managed in a single game in Ligue 1 during the course of the 2018/19 campaign was 16. That almost doubles the number achieved by the man he could dislodge if he arrives in the Midlands.

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Beyond that, Sanson managed a further ten long balls against Amiens, something that indicates his threat against teams who stand off and allow their opposition time on the ball.

Despite not managing as many assists as Moutinho did last term, the 24-year-old has claimed seven in two previous campaigns, outlining his ability to dictate the tempo from further back.

If Wolves are in need of someone to eventually dislodge the experienced Portugal international, Sanson certainly possesses the power to do so.