Fans have been crying out for more quality in attack for some time now, stretching as far back to the dull days of Nuno Espirito Santo, before he endured even duller days at Tottenham.
Daniel Podence, Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-Chan have all scored five each this campaign, and the first two, in particular, seem to have hit a bit of form recently, having produced seven goal contributions in 2022 already between them.
One player who has struggled in particular though, is on-loan Barcelona winger Francisco Trincao, who could be signed by Wolves for £25m at the end of the season should they choose to.
However, given that he has registered zero goals and zero assists in the Premier League since arriving at Molineux, the likelihood of that transfer fee being paid by manager Bruno Lage is becoming increasingly unlikely – particularly with the return of fan-favourite Pedro Neto imminent.
The forward has been out of action since last April, after fracturing his kneecap during a match against Fulham, but prior to that he had scored five goals and provided six assists in 31 Premier League appearances – earning high praise from Jamie Carragher, who labelled him as a future “superstar“.
With both Trincao and Neto left-footed wingers capable of operating off the right-flank, it seems illogical to continue starting a player who is just on-loan, and hasn’t shown enough of a cutting-edge in the final third, opposed to starting a contracted Wolves player who has already won the fans’ hearts partially thanks to his significant goal contributions last year.
Despite taking 1.1 shots per game, the Barca loanee has a total expected goals for the season so far of just 2.7, as well as an expected assists tally of 0.9, meaning it is clear that things haven’t worked out for him at Molineux, and it’s time to see the former Lazio man who cost £16m return to the starting line-up.