Wolves must sign Luke Ayling as an upgrade on Matt Doherty

With the BBC reporting that Wolves are set to make Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho their eighth signing of the summer, this would leave right wing-back as one of the only positions that boss Nuno Espirito Santo is yet to strengthen ahead of their return to the Premier League.

What’s the story?

Santo has been adding to his squad and signing players from top European clubs this summer in order to propel Wolves up the Premier League and avoid being relegated back to the Championship next season.

However, it is back to the Championship they should look for an upgrade on current right wing-back Matt Doherty.

Doherty is a Republic of Ireland international who played 47 games for Wolves in all competitions last season and contributed four goals and five assists while playing on the right of Santo’s favoured 3-4-3 formation.

He has been at the club since 2010 and has made 207 appearances in that time. While there is no doubt that Doherty has been a fantastic player for the West Midlands club, his position is one where Santo may look to upgrade or at least add competition.

Wolves' Matt Doherty celebrates scoring against Ipswich

Upgrade with Ayling

The Championship player that Wolves should look at signing is Leeds United full-back Luke Ayling. The 26-year-old former Arsenal trainee joined Leeds in 2016 from Bristol City and has since gone from strength to strength. In fact, he has become so important to the Whites that their downturn in form at the end of last season coincided with Ayling’s season-ending ankle injury that meant he missed from January onwards.

This summer, the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds has seen Ayling play pre-season fixtures at right wing-back and the Englishman has excelled. He has scored impressive goals against both Forest Green Rovers and Southend so far this summer and looks as though he could easily make the step up to the Premier League.

Santo would be wise to make an offer this summer for the man who is rated at just £1.35m by Transfermarkt and could prove to be an exceptional bargain.