Molineux technical director Scott Sellars has duly turned to Brereton Diaz, who was in inspired form last season for Rovers.
His contract was set to expire this summer, but with a one-year extension triggered by the Lancashire club, they now have until 2023 to sell him or face losing him on a free transfer. He is reportedly available for around £20m.
With Bruno Lage left scrambling to replace his main striker, and with Fabio Silva now gone out on loan, signing Brereton Diaz could not only have an instant impact, but also give Wolves a fine striker for many years to come.
The thought of his link-up play with silky winger Pedro Neto is what would surely excite the Molineux faithful, as the Portuguese trickster could provide many chances for the clinical Chile forward.
Brereton Diaz scored 21 times for Blackburn last season as they made a late push for a play-off spot, narrowly missing out after his injury saw them slump to an eighth-placed finish. This is already a vast improvement on the six goals scored by Jimenez last term (which still made him Wolves’ top scorer) and has unsurprisingly led to the Rovers forward being labelled a “marksman”.
Also, the pacey nature of the 23-year-old suggests that he would feast off Neto’s wonderful range of passing. The Portuguese winger ranked in the top 11% for progressive carries and the top 5% for total shots among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues in 2021/22.
The “quality” Chile forward, as dubbed by journalist Matthew Stanger, would provide a constant threat, and any loose balls would surely be pounced upon by the Blackburn star, who scored 21 of his 22 goals last season from inside the box.
His average of 2.8 shots per game also marks him out as a constant goal threat, which in turn could create more space for Neto to shoot. The two would facilitate one another and add an extra threats to cause more problems for opposition defenders.
The two would likely form a fine partnership at Molineux and could terrorise Premier League defences for Wolves for many years to come.