This summer has not been ideal preparation ahead of the new campaign for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wolves have been severely impeded by a lack of finances available to them during the transfer window and consequently, they’ve not been too active in the market.
This summer could have been a lot different for the Old Gold, particularly from a negative point of view. They began the market searching for possible replacements for Adama Traore and Ruben Neves, who both looked certain to leave.
However, they’ve kept the pair of them at Molineux, which is vitally important if Bruno Lage wants to guide Wolves back into the top half of the table.
The returning Raul Jimenez will help them no end but one player who could inject a new sense of purpose to the team is Francisco Trincao.
With Pedro Neto still out injured while he recovers from a broken kneecap, the Portuguese sensation on loan from Barcelona could help supporters forget all about their Player of the Season from 2020/21.
The 21-year-old loanee is technically astute, quick and an incredibly tricky player for opponents to handle. Although he only started three times in La Liga last season, his form during a more productive loan spell at Braga tells you everything you need to know.
The winger racked up eight goals and six assists for the Portuguese club in 2019/20, numbers which would have usurped every player at Molineux last season.
Like Traore and Neto, he is a wonderful dribbler of the ball, completing as many as 2.3 per game during that temporary stint away.
If he can replicate those types of numbers while in England, Wolves’ fortunes in the attacking third should improve greatly. The following review from former Braga academy coach Jose Carvalho Araujo explains why Trincao could terrify Leicester on Saturday.
“He is not so fast or intense but I think he has a little more magic,” Araujo began.
“He was an amazing kid, very skinny. Physically, he was very poor but with the ball he was magic, doing tricks, so skilful.”
Although Trincao didn’t score or provide an assist in pre-season, he is a player who could set the Premier League alight this term.
Lage needs to harness the £22.5k-per-week attacker’s remarkable talent from the off against Leicester at the weekend.