Wolves didn’t bring in too many players during the January transfer window, in fact, it was only really one senior option in winger Daniel Podence, but one of their more future-focused additions has been handed a hugely encouraging review this week.
There has been a clear focus on improving the quality in the academy setup as Fosun have invested heavily in doing so over the past two transfer windows, and their latest move has been praised.
The west Midlanders signed Rochdale teenager Luke Matheson for £1m on Deadline Day, but he will stay at the League One outfit for the remainder of the season.
Keith Hill, the ex-Dale boss that handed the 17-year-old his debut at Spotland, has tipped Matheson to go all the way and play for England whilst also speaking about the qualities he will bring Nuno Santo.
He spoke to WolvesBite and said:
“Yes, definitely. You have no questions as a manager when you work with Luke Matheson about where he’s going to end up. He’s going to end up at the very top.
“He wants to be the very best footballer that Luke Matheson can be and I think he believes he can go all the way.
“I’ve got no question marks alongside Luke Matheson going to the top.
“His football compass is amazing. He knows where to be on the pitch, he’s got a hunger, but he’s humble and he has huge desire and determination.
“For me, he fits into the way Wolves play seamlessly. I think it’s a great signing from Wolves’ perspective, and it shows they’re not afraid to go into the market and buy good, young British talent.”
Keith Hill, Bolton Wanderers manager.
The young prodigy is most known for netting against Manchester United in the EFL Cup back in September this season, and he has managed to rack up 24 appearances this campaign, which is quite the feat considering his age.
From the summer onwards, he’ll no doubt be competing for a place amongst Nuno’s first-team, especially after Hill’s comments about his ability, attitude and suitability to their system.
It could mean that Matt Doherty finally has genuine competition at right wing-back and he should probably be looking over his shoulder given how well talked about Matheson is.
Matheson may be in line for a quick rise to stardom following this move. There are certainly great signs following these comments.
And in other news, Wolves post-Kevin Thelwell is looking like an increasingly bleak prospect…