According to Tim Spiers of The Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to send young striker Benny Ashley-Seal out on loan for the rest of the season this month with the EFL being the preferred destination.
It is believed that the Wolves hierarchy, manager Nuno Santo included, want the 21-year-old to start being more physical in attack as he already possesses top qualities technically and with his finishing.
That’s reflected in his eight goals in 13 matches for the U23 squad this campaign.
Wolves held off sending him out on loan in the summer as he had not played regular football for the best part of six months, and so that he could refind his goalscoring boots in the academy setup.
Now the time has come for him to get involved in the men’s game once again.
Ashley-Seal was a surprise starter at the weekend as Wolves hosted Manchester United in the FA Cup third round proper with Nuno electing to rest Raul Jimenez.
The young prospect only lasted the first-half as he was hauled off at half-time, perhaps a harsh lesson, given his first senior involvement was coming up against Victor Lindelof and the £80m world-record signing Harry Maguire.
This is a chance for the forward to prove himself to Nuno, an opportunity to show that he can be the long-term answer upfront for the west Midlands outfit.
Jimenez isn’t going to be around forever, especially with more and more clubs taking a keen interest in his services this week while Patrick Cutrone’s looking likely to be shipped back to Italy after a disastrous £16m summer switch having played just 12 minutes in Wolves last ten matches.
The likes of Rafa Mir and Bright Enobakhare have failed to take their loan chances either with both expected back at the club this month, so there’s a clear gap emerging that Ashley-Seal must take advantage of here.
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If the 21-year-old continues his goal-laden form at senior level in the Football League, then it will surely catch Nuno’s eye.