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Birmingham Live have revealed that Wolves winger Jordan Graham is currently on loan at Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Bulgarian top-flight.
The 24-year-old hasn’t featured for Wolves in over two years when he started in their 2-0 win over Southampton in the Carabao Cup.
This weekend that same fixture plays out in the Premier League while Graham is hoping to make his debut for his new club against CSKA Sofia in front of a mere 10,000 spectators.
The winger joined Wolves from Midlands rivals Aston Villa with a fine reputation having played in the continental youth tournament, the NextGen Series, and winning the Algarve Cup with England U17s.
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Labelled a ‘starlet‘, he has also featured for England at U16 level too.
Under Kenny Jackett, Graham did manage to break into the first team until a year-long injury stalled his progress, and as a result, he was forced out on loan to Fulham and Ipswich Town.
He struggled to feature, playing a total of just 265 minutes in the Championship.
Last season, a stint at League One outfit Oxford United wasn’t enough to garner much interest, resulting in this surprise move across Europe.
Given the recent incidents involving Bulgaria supporters on the international stage, this move perhaps shows just how badly the 24-year-old wants to get his career back on track.
The England national team were subject to shameful acts of racism during their toxic 6-0 win over Bulgaria on Monday night.
Since then, the Daily Mail has revealed that the bulk of the home crowd are members of the ‘Lauta Army,’ a group of ultras linked to Lokomotiv Plovdiv, who have a history of violence and racism.
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He is so out of favour in England that he’s been forced to move to such an environment in order to simply play football competitively.
Graham’s career has headed in a sad direction but he could benefit from a fresh start elsewhere.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Nuno Santo should just cut ties with him as he’s clearly not going to be in his plans.
It might have been wiser to come to a mutual agreement in terminating his contract instead of a loan move that will ultimately bring no benefits to Nuno or his Wolves side now or in the long-term future.
At 24, there is still plenty of time to salvage a way back, but if we’re being honest, it’s never going to be in the west Midlands.