With only Manchester City (23) having fewer players in their senior squad than Wolves (24) this season among the 20 Premier League clubs, it’s safe to say that Bruno Lage’s side aren’t blessed with depth, particularly in the central midfield position.
One midfielder who Wolves currently have out on loan is 23-year-old Connor Ronan, who is spending the season on a temporary basis with Scottish club St. Mirren.
Since joining Wolves’ under-18 side from Rochdale back in 2014, the midfielder – who is currently valued at £405k according to Transfermarkt – has been on his fair share of loan spells with clubs such as Portsmouth, Walsall and Blackpool among others.
During his time at Wolves, Ronan has made 13 appearances for their senior side, in which he managed to produce one assist.
His latest loan spell seems to be going rather well for the Irishman, who has started all four of St Mirren’s previous league matches, scoring two goals and providing one assist in the process. After making his debut for the club, he earned some heavy praise from his manager Jim Goodwin, who called him “outstanding”, and that should be very pleasing for the Wolves fans and Lage.
Taking all this into account, we feel that if Ronan can continue to impress on his latest loan deal in Scotland, he could very well earn himself a place in the Molineux first team next season.
Looking ahead even further, with current Wolves midfielder Joao Moutinho being 35 and only contracted to the club until 2022, we feel that the Irish prospect could well be a suitable long-term replacement to replace the Portuguese maestro if he ends up leaving the club next summer.
Ronan still has the rest of the season with St Mirren to prove he has what it takes to potentially slot into Wolves’ first team squad, but if he can continue playing regularly and add some more goals and assists to his tally, we feel he should definitely be in consideration to be in Lage’s plans for next season, certainly if Moutinho ends up leaving.
On the other hand, if he doesn’t end up being close to Wolves’ senior squad next season, the Old Gold should consider letting him leave on a permanent deal instead of constantly sending him out on loan so that he can settle somewhere and realise his full potential.