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Wolves’ failure to secure a new striker is a blessing

Wolves’ transfer activity can be taken two ways – on the one hand, a step in the right direction but on the other, pretty underwhelming.

Only one senior player was signed as the west Midlanders splashed £16.9m on Olympiacos winger Daniel Podence, who is likely to provide vital backup to Adama Traore on the right flank whilst there were an array of U23 additions as Fosun continues to invest in the youth setup.

Luke Matheson, Leonardo Campana and Enzo Loiodice are just three of the new additions that could be fast-tracked through under Nuno Santo in the next 18 months or so.

What would have been the better situation for Wolves?

Nelson Oliveira in January

Nelson Oliveira in January

Hwang Hee-Chan in summer

Hwang Hee-Chan in summer

However, they failed to sign a new striker after Patrick Cutrone ended his Wolverhampton nightmare just five months after joining from AC Milan in the summer.

The Athletic reported that Wolves wanted two attacking additions in January, while The Daily Mail claimed Nuno was hoping for his side to land a striker.

Ultimately, only Podence – a player to support the attack rather than spearhead it – arrived, but it might not be the end of the world.

Wolves were linked to AEK Athens striker Nelson Oliveira, hardly an inspiring choice given his pretty drab record in English football with the likes of Norwich City and Reading.

Via Transfermarkt, he’s scored just once in ten Premier League appearances, whilst 31 goals in 103 games in the second-tier is hardly encouraging towards the prospects of improving his PL numbers.

Although this standard – or quality if you like – of transfer target seemed to be the norm across the top-flight, even for bigger teams than Wolves themselves.

Manchester United defeated Tottenham Hotspur for a player that Aston Villa knocked back the night before in former Watford man Odeon Ighalo, the 30-year-old that sold his career to the Chinese Super League (Sky Sports via The Sun).

Spurs were also trying to secure any one of Olivier Giroud, Eran Zahavi (yeah, who?), Islam Slimani and Willian Jose.

Even Chelsea struggled to attain a new forward, hence the out-of-favour aforementioned Frenchman sticking around at Stamford Bridge.

Obviously, if Wolves’ only senior striker, Raul Jimenez, picks up a serious injury this season they will be left in the mire, but are any of the realistic names above going to be much better than U23 option Campana?

Is Oliveira going to lead a line in the top-flight any better?

It’s doubtful.

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Nuno might’ve not gotten his striker in January, but it is a notoriously hard market to manoeuvre as seen with the struggles above.

It gives them time to look ahead to the summer and plan more strategically for an ideal addition – thus, this one could prove to be a blessing in disguise come the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

While in other news, Wolves have played a blinder over £15m man after his latest showing

Article title: Wolves’ failure to secure a new striker is a blessing

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