Wolves were rather busy behind the scenes during last summer’s transfer window, not just in terms of securing Bruno Lage as their replacement for Nuno Espirito Santo in the dugout but also with the players coming into and exiting Molineux.
While the Old Gold are currently eighth in the Premier League and chasing European football, not all of their summer deals have been particularly successful as of yet.
One prime example of a summer recruit who hasn’t been able to hit the ground at Molineux is Francisco Trincao, who made the move to England on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season.
During his time with Wolves, the Portuguese attacker has made 20 appearances in the Premier League, starting 14 times but failing to score a goal or provide an assist.
Having had 21 shots at goal, only eight have been on target, leaving him with a shot-on-target percentage of 38.1%, lower than the likes of Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence. In terms of his passing, the 22-year-old has attempted 367 passes but only completed 286, leaving him with a lower passing accuracy rate than many of his team-mates.
Regarding his overall performances for Lage’s side, which have been called “toothless” by Nathan Judah, the attacker has earned a tepid rating of 6.52/10 from WhoScored, making him one of the lowest-rated Wolves players to start more than one league game and marking him out as a major flop.
Taking all this into account, and with the £19.8m-rated winger being an unused substitute for four of the Old Gold’s past five league games, the Wolves hierarchy should not be thinking about exercising the option to make Trincao’s spell at the club a permanent one, given how ineffective he has been since his arrival.
With that in mind, if Barcelona take the winger back in the summer and end up signing Adama Traore on a permanent basis after his loan deal at the Camp Nou ends, then the Midlands club should be on the lookout for another attacking figure to come in so that Lage’s squad isn’t overly depleted in that area for next season.