Wolves can develop much-needed plan B if Dani Olmo arrives this summer

This article is part of Football FanCast’s The Chalkboard series, which provides a tactical insight into teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… 

Wolves’ transfer business took off in some style this week as they confirmed the addition of forward Patrick Cutrone from AC Milan.

He added to the loan signing of Real Madrid’s Jesus Vallejo as the Midlands outfit brought in two players from some of the biggest in Europe.

It was a sign of how far they’ve come following just a year in the Premier League but they’re now being linked with another player who has played for one of the best on the continent.

That happens to be Dani Olmo, an attacking midfielder who grew up playing in Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy.

On the chalkboard

Olmo enjoyed a terrific campaign playing for Dinamo Zagreb last season, scoring 12 goals as he then netted a further three for Spain during the recent European U21 Championship in Italy.

A technically gifted dribbler, completing three on average in the Europa League last season, he could give another layer to a role on the pitch which for the time being only contains the relatively untested Morgan Gibbs-White.

However, by signing the more experienced and proven Olmo, it can help Wolves develop a plan B, particularly in the final third.

It may be drastic to suggest Nuno Santo should move away from his three-back formation. After all, they came away from last season with 16 points against the top six sides so it clearly works.

Yet, there were also occasions where something different was required.

Against teams down the bottom, they sometimes struggled to break them down and that was evident against Burnley and Huddersfield when Wolves suffered defeats towards the climax of the campaign.

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Having seen off the challenges of some of the strongest teams in the country, success against the likes of the Clarets should have been more straightforward.

And that’s why they must adopt a plan B.

In matches where the opposition are more intent on playing defensively, Nuno needs to look at potentially sacrificing a body in his own defence and pushing Wolves further forward.

This is where Olmo, someone who claimed nine assists last term, can come in.

Playing behind a front three of Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Cutrone, it can provide an extra body and another helping hand to break down the more dogged teams in the division.

As they aim to compete on continental and domestic fronts this season, finding new ways to win will be vital.

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