According to an interview with Seyi Olofinjana in Express & Star, Wolves have come up with a cunning loan policy to benefit a number of their top academy prospects.
In the Premier League Wolves used just 21 players as they finished seventh in their first term back in the top-flight.
But despite a small squad, it appears the club are keen to loan their young stars out again next campaign.
However, there is an astute tactic in place to send them to leagues in specific countries around Europe.
Speaking to Express & Star, loans chief Olofinjana declared:
“Before now we have sent players out to League One or League Two sides, but the style of play doesn’t always suit the kinds of players we have, so we started looking outside the country. Now we’re looking at Slovakia, Poland and Belgium to give these boys an experience and to learn what it’s like to live outside of England.”
This is a fine sign of the work being done behind the scenes by Wolves after initial strides in this policy last season proved fruitful.
They sent Connor Ronan and Benny Ashley Seal to Slovakia and Portugal respectively, and both players are individuals who could now play a role in the first team after impressing abroad.
By recognising that the style of play in the third and fourth tier of English football doesn’t suit Wolves’ way of playing, it’s helping not only their best prospects prepare for a brighter future, but also the club as a whole.
In short, it could save the club millions in transfer windows to come.
Although Wolves have recently smashed their transfer record to sign Raul Jimenez for £30m, by preparing their players in the best way possible through loan deals, it may prevent the club from having to do as many deals of this magnitude again.
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In recent years, young players from the English game have been making huge strides away from the Premier League. The most noticeable player to have done so is Jadon Sancho.
After reading Olofinjana’s comments, we may well see Wolves players having a similar impact around the continent next season.