Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves could be hindered if they sign Jean-Philippe Gbamin

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Wolves are still yet to conclude any business in the transfer market but things finally look as though they’re gathering pace in the transfer market.

It’s likely that the club’s primary focus will be on the Europa League in the coming days but last week they were linked with moves for both Patrick Cutrone and Ruben Dias.

This week looks as though they won’t slow down, though, with a report now suggesting they could be in the market for Mainz midfielder Jean-Phillippe Gbamin.

The 23-year-old is being hunted by both Wolves and Monaco per German publication BILD.

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Gbamin was one of Mainz’s key men last term, playing 31 times in the Bundesliga, scoring twice and assisting a solitary goal from the middle of the park.

It was form that earned him a call-up to the Ivory Coast squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, a country he’s now been capped five times for.

Yet, if he did arrive at Molineux, there’s an area of his game he may have to cut out or else he could end up proving detrimental to Ruben Neves.

One of the Mainz defensive midfielder’s main attributes is possessing the ability to shoot from range. Both of his goals last term came from efforts outside the box.

Per Understat, he had 28 attempts from positions outside the area throughout 2018/19, 13 of which were completely off target.

As can be seen above, he takes attempts on goal from a considerable distance away, but it doesn’t always necessarily come off.

But this could hinder Neves because he also likes to do the same. As can be seen below, per Understat, the Portuguese had a remarkable 72 shots on goal from outside of the area in the Premier League.

Like Gbamin, he scored just two of these strikes. Yet, the fact of the matter is that if Wolves have two players who like to play in a similar fashion, it could end up proving to be a huge negative.

Instead of passing it around, they may end up spurning possession.

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This would be bad news for Neves as it appears as though the pair like to get in the same areas and shoot from similar distances. With that in mind, Gbamin would likely have to reduce the attempts he has.

It remains to be seen how big of an impact this aspect of the Ivorian’s game could have, but it might dissuade Neves from attempting one of his strengths on a regular basis.

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