Wolves made their first signing of the January transfer window earlier this week after the club announced the signing of Ecuador striker Leonardo Campana, but it is likely to be one for the future following journalist Tim Vickery’s verdict.
The South American reporter was speaking on talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs on Wednesday afternoon when he was asked about the 19-year-old.
“He’s not your average South American footballer or your average footballer at all. He comes from one of the most prestigious families in Ecuador – huge in politics, and in sport. Big tennis stars, football stars. The stadium where he’s been playing at Barcelona SC in Guayaquil is named after his grandad. It’s like Wolves have signed the son of the Marquess of Queensberry – high educational level, high cultural level. Languages aren’t going to be a problem.
“What is going to be a problem, and Wolves know it, they have acknowledged that this is one for the future. This time last year, he was centre-forward with Ecuador when they won the South American U20 Championship. He wasn’t even first or second choice, he was the third choice originally. He got his chance, and took it wonderfully well. Beanpole striker, left-footed, very intelligent – lovely left foot.
“He played really, really well. That side went on to be third in the world in the U20 World Cup. Ecuador got him into the senior side, he’s played three times in friendlies at senior level, and you could see he’s nowhere near yet [to Wolves’ level]. He’s not particularly quick and his beanpole frame is still filling out, so from a physical point of view, he will just get eaten up in the Premier League, at the moment.
“There’s no doubt about it, he’s one for the future. Love his left foot, love his intelligence. I wonder physically if he’s going to make the grade.”
Tim Vickery on talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacobs
Nuno Santo has been in dire need of some attacking additions this month in order to bolster his squad’s chances of competing on all fronts.
They still remain in the hunt for a top-six place in the Premier League whilst they face a relegation-threatened Espanyol in the Europa League knockout stages.
Currently, the Portuguese boss only has one senior striking option in Raul Jimenez, and his 19 goals from 36 appearances have been imperative to their season so far.
There have also been fears of burnout due to the sheer volume of matches he’s played in the past 12 months.
Tim Spiers has described him as ‘jaded’ in recent weeks while the player himself revealed he is indeed tired, per The Athletic.
It is unlikely that Campana can fill the empty void, especially after Vickery’s comments on how he would get eaten up in the big time if given the chance, meaning they still need to find another option from somewhere.
The west Midlanders have been linked to Greek Superleague duo Daniel Podence and Nelson Oliveira this week, but only time will tell if they can be valuable to Nuno and the first team.