Wolverhampton Wanderers fell short in their pursuit to add a new striker during the January transfer window, and with their next opportunity to strengthen not until the end of the season, they’ll have to make do for now.
If they do indeed revisit that idea in the summer, it could quickly prove difficult to find someone who is willing to play second fiddle to Raul Jimenez, as we’ve seen with Patrick Cutrone already departing the west Midlands.
But it leaves Wolves in a catch 22 as the Mexican is the only senior striker at the club – to put it mildly, if he gets injured, then they are screwed.
However, a solution could be right under manager Nuno Santo’s nose.
Niall Ennis is currently out on the second loan spell of his professional career, but it is his first that has granted a regular chance to lead the line for a senior outfit.
At Doncaster Rovers this campaign, the 20-year-old has made 28 appearances in all competitions, and his recent rich vein of form has caught the eye.
Over his last five matches, four of which being starts, he has found the net three times, including the winner against Bolton Wanderers earlier this week. Ennis has also won five aerial duels, recorded four key passes and provided one assist in that time too, per WhoScored.
In his first-ever stint away from the club with Shrewsbury Town, he was only able to make two appearances, so his time at the Keepmoat Stadium this term is providing valuable, and much-needed, experience that can only aid his chances when returning this summer.
It may be a tall ask to rely on a player who is yet to be exposed to the top-flight, but players of similar age such as Pedro Neto and Morgan Gibbs-White have always stepped to the plate when called upon by Nuno, so if he does indeed possess the quality his recent form hints at, then he should have no struggles either.
He can sit behind Jimenez next season and gain further experience by learning off a striker that has found the net 37 times in just 18 months at the club.
As aforementioned, not many will be willing to sit as second-choice, so Ennis can step up to the plate, just as long as he continues to impress at Doncaster.
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