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Wolves dodged a bullet on World Cup shocker Aaron Ramsey

Wolverhampton Wanderers were linked with signing former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in January but his performances at the World Cup suggest that the Old Gold dodged a bullet.

It was suggested last season that Wolves were offered the chance to sign the Wales international on loan from Juventus after a torrid spell with the Old Lady in Turin.

There were high expectations for Ramsey with the Italian giants after such an impressive spell with the Gunners, where he contributed 65 goals and 65 assists in 371 appearances.

However, he would muster just six goals and as many assists in 70 appearances for the Serie A side, with injuries hampering his time at the Allianz Stadium.

Had he signed for Wolves on loan, it would have certainly opened the door for the 31-year-old to make a permanent move to Molineux in the summer, when he was available on a free transfer.

Instead, he would join OGC Nice in France, where he has continued to struggle, tallying just one goal and one assist in his first 11 appearances for his new club.

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There was perhaps hope that the Welsh maestro would rediscover his best form for Rob Page’s side in Qatar, but in truth, he was one of the poorest performers in the squad as Wales crashed out in the group stages with just one point to their name, following disappointing defeats against Iran and England.

WhoScored ranked the midfielder as the worst-performing in Page’s squad of those to start every single game at the World Cup, and his 5.97 average rating suggests that he is a long way from the player who was starring in the Premier League just a few years ago.

Arsenal journalist Mark Mann-Bryans summed up how much difference a few years can make with his tweet about Bukayo Saka replacing the midfielder for the Gunners four years ahead of the Wales vs England clash on Tuesday, with the youngster now starring in Qatar, while Ramsey has been “rubbish.”

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Although Wolves can’t claim to have too many players who are performing to their full potential so far this campaign, it seems clear that Ramsey wouldn’t have been a good signing for the Molineux outfit given how his form has drastically declined in recent years.