The Bundesliga currently houses some of the best young talent in European football.
Think of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham – they all ply their trades for Borussia Dortmund.
However, powerhouses Bayern Munich also have a glittering array of talent. For starters, they have defensive sensation Alphonso Davies but they also have 17-year-old Jamal Musiala, someone who was at Chelsea.
But speaking of the Londoners, there is another former young Blue in their squad. That happens to be Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi, someone who had a trial with Wolves and played five times for their U18 side.
However, why is there a fuss surrounding the 17-year-old? Well, quite incredibly, he started for Bayern against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
It was his senior debut for the German giants and what a stage to make it on.
The versatile defender played just over an hour in Madrid this week and kept hold of the ball securely, registering an 89% pass success rate and losing the ball just four times.
For a wing-back, that’s a phenomenal tally and it only goes to show why Wolves should be tearing their hair out at letting him slip through their grasp. Someone who can play on the right or the left, and even in the middle, he would have been perfect for Wolves’ defensive shape.
Add that to the fact that he’s been compared to a certain Jerome Boateng and the alarm bells start to ring even more about their decision making.
Speaking about the teenager earlier this year, Joshua Kimmich said: “Bright is already a beast. You can tell that he uses every muscle on his body. It surprised me in training that he’s not shy at all. He really goes into challenges and has a certain calmness on the ball.”
The worrying thing is that this isn’t the first time it’s happened to Wolves. Another player to slip through the net and now thrive on the continent is Pedro Goncalves.
The 22-year-old central midfielder has been superb for Sporting Lisbon this term and has nine goals in just seven league outings. It’s fair to say the Wolves hierarchy should probably do some more thinking before selling players.
You only need to look at Diogo Jota at Liverpool too.