According to Greek publication Sport24, Wolverhampton Wanderers are interested in acquiring the services of 24-year-old winger, Daniel Podence, who is currently plying his trade at Olympiacos.
Not only that, but they claim the English outfit have reportedly tabled a €30m (£25m) offer to land their man in the January transfer window as a means to reinforce their forward line.
Podence made quite the impression back when he scored against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League earlier this season as his team managed to claim a point in a 2-2 draw in Greece.
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But who exactly is this 24-year-old Portuguese forward and what exactly could he bring to Wolves?
Let’s see what the media have said about him…
Birmingham Mail were among the first sites to do a comprehensive scout report on Podence, analysing his style of play, strengths and weakness, and they also assessed his compatibility with Nuno Espirito Santo’s system.
They described him as an extremely speedy player who can slot basically anywhere in the front line, praising his versatility.
Here’s what they said in full in their report:
“Nuno’s love for versatile players is no secret and Podence fits that bill. The 24-year-old is expected to provide competition out wide for Adama Traore, Pedro Neto and Diogo Jota, but he’s also capable of playing centrally if Nuno uses a 3-5-2 formation.
“Podence has plenty of speed, which is a requirement to make the grade on Wolves’ flanks, and those who’ve watched him regularly suggest he has ‘great technique, with good crossing and shooting ability’.”
Give Podence is currently playing his football over in Greece, it’s no surprise that their sites have actually done some scouting and analysis of their own.
Agona Sport profiled the player in 2018, highlighting some of his best traits and mentioning just two glaring weaknesses he possessed back then.
Here’s what they said in full:
“He’s a right-winger on paper, however versatility is a quality which Podence certainly boasts, capable of playing anywhere behind the main striker. Possessing a quick turn of pace, Podence is an expert at sprinting past his opponents with sharp moves, creating lots of opportunities in the process. He isn’t shy of attempting mazy runs, often making life difficult for defences and brilliant when 1-on-1.
“If we search for weaknesses in Podence’s game, he’s criticized for lacking physical strength and not scoring enough goals. In his entire club career, Podence has only registered 13 professional goals.”
If someone knows a lot about Podence, his style of play and his best attributes, then it has to be his current Olympiacos manager Pedro Martins.
And interestingly enough, the now 49-year-old gaffer was actually full of praise for his winger, stating that he can certainly cause havoc between the opponent’s lines.
Apart from that, his free spirit is what actually makes him strong in those 1v1 duels.
Here’s what he said in full, as quoted by Portugoal:
“His free spirit makes him very strong in 1-v-1 situations, he creates imbalances on the flanks, he’s improved immensely when he comes infield, but he’s going to improve even more. But his ability to cause havoc out wide is his strongest point.”
It seems that Podence clearly has a lot of qualities and quite a bit of skill to offer Nuno and his squad.
Going for the player, as the reports have suggested, seems to be a good move for Wolves.