Yerson Mosquera could finally be ready to return the Wolves squad and provide competition to the likes of Romain Saiss and Willy Boly – who himself has just returned from injury, bolstering an already solid defence.
The West Midlands club have conceded the fourth-least goals in the league this season, but with Saiss turning 32 this month and Boly turning 31 last month, 20-year-old Mosquera could receive plenty of playing time alongside Max Kilman, with Conor Coady between the two, towards the end of this season to develop him further.
Having experienced pros all around him will only benefit him going forward, but it might not be long before he leaves them in his dust in the centre-back pecking order, with just Coady and Kilman nailed on starters right now – despite Saiss’ excellent form this season.
Mosquera, a centre-back who is “very fast” and has been described as a “wonderkid” by Carlos Aleman, a Colombian football expert to The Athletic, suffered an unfortunate ‘high-grade’ hamstring injury during their Carabao Cup defeat at home to Tottenham, and has only just started playing football again at youth team level.
On Monday, the Colombian, who was signed from Atletico Nacional for £4.6m, leapt highest to head home a Luke Cundle corner against Reading for the U23 team, in the same Premier League 2 match that promising forward Chem Campbell bagged a perfect hat-trick.
Wolves boss Bruno Lage spoke highly of him as he was stepping up his recovery from injury, saying: “We believe a lot in him. Even in pre-season, the fans and I knew we had the right player with us.
“We believe a lot in him. Even in pre-season, the fans and I knew we had the right player with us.
“After that injury, he came back and everything was good. We thought Tottenham could be a good challenge for him to start playing for us and he picked up another injury, so it was very hard.
“He has a big spirit. He’s always happy and the club is helping him to return stronger. We are now waiting for him, and when he comes [back], he comes without problems.”
When Mosquera does come back to the Wolves first team, what is for sure is that he will bring energy, pace and intensity to that wide centre back spot on the right-hand side of defence, slotting in well for whoever drops out should he get the opportunity to start.