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Wolves can land huge Jonny upgrade in Wan-Bissaka

Wolves are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United outcast Aaron Wan-Bissaka in January and the Englishman could be a big upgrade on Jonny in Julen Lopetegui‘s side.

According to talkSPORT, Wolves are plotting a swoop for the former Crystal Palace man in next month’s transfer window, as he seeks an exit from Old Trafford after becoming surplus to requirements under new manager Erik ten Hag.

The right-back only made his first start of the season in United’s 2-0 win over Burnley in the League Cup this week and had featured in just four minutes of action before that, with Diego Dalot very much ahead of him in the pecking order at Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old has struggled for consistent form since his £50m switch in 2019, with his attacking abilities regularly coming under criticism and it now seems as if £20m could be enough to prise him away from United in the January transfer window.

However, he has still managed two goals and 11 assists in 128 appearances for the Red Devils, while his defensive abilities have never been questioned, with Luke Shaw particularly complimentary of his fellow full-back in 2020.

He said: “He has been a solid eight out of ten in every other game he’s played, never puts a foot wrong, puts his foot in the right position every time and, for me, he’s the best one v one defender in the world. No one can get past him, he’s really improved that side of his game and his attacking side too.”

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If Wan-Bissaka can rediscover the form that he showed in his early seasons with United, then he could definitely prove to be a big upgrade on Wolves’ Spanish full-back Jonny, who has struggled on a number of occasions so far this season, averaging a disappointing 6.56 rating from WhoScored.

If we compare Jonny‘s stats from this season to Wan-Bissaka‘s from the 2020/21 campaign, then the Englishman leads the way for goals and assists (six vs none), tackles per game (2.6 vs 2.3), interceptions per game (1.8 vs 0.9) and clearances per game (1.8 vs 1.5).

His strong defensive abilities saw him labelled “very powerful” by former Palace coach Scott Guyett and considering Jonny has been dribbled past 1.1 times per game on average this season, it seems clear that an upgrade is needed if the Midlands club are to improve their defensive record in 2023.

This suggests that Wan-Bissaka is a far better option for Julen Lopetegui at right-back, so Wolves’ sporting director Matt Hobbs should definitely look at bringing the Englishman to Molineux in next month’s window.