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Wolves left to rue Michy Batshuayi failure

One key issue for Wolverhampton Wanderers so far this term has been in the centre-forward ranks, with the Old Gold currently suffering as a result of injuries to both Raul Jimenez and Sasa Kalajdzic.

The latter man had cruelly been struck down with an ACL injury on debut following his £15.5m arrival from Bundesliga side, Stuttgart, with Bruno Lage – who has since left his post at Molineux – turning to veteran free agent Diego Costa as a short-term fix.

At 34, however, it remains to be seen just what kind of impact the former Chelsea man will make for the Midlands side, having notably been replaced after just 56 minutes on his return to Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

Wolves could well have avoided that reliance on the ageing menace had they recruited another striking option in the recent window, with the Spain international’s former Blues teammate Michy Batshuayi having seemingly been a target for Lage and co.

Reports earlier this summer had suggested that the club had made an offer to sign the Belgium international from their fellow Premier League side, with the Brussels-born star having fallen down the pecking order in west London with just a year left on his existing deal.

No move came to fruition, however, as the 6 foot 1 powerhouse ultimately secured a return to Turkey to join Fenerbahce, after previously netting 14 goals and providing five assists while on loan at Besiktas last season.

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Frustratingly as far as Wolves supporters are concerned, the Istanbul outfit were able to make that permanent capture for free, with that something of a steal for an undoubted “goal machine” – as dubbed by journalist Ronan Murphy.

The 29-year-old has made an ideal start to life in his new surroundings with three goals in just six games for the Super Lig side thus far in all competitions, including a stoppage-time winner in the thrilling 5-4 win over Karagumruk at the weekend.

The £8.55m-rated man’s overall club career tally now stands at an impressive 139 goals in 396 games across stints in England, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany and more recently, Turkey, while he also boasts a remarkable hit rate at international level with 26 goals in just 47 games.

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Signing such a prolific asset for nothing could well have been an ideal solution for those at Molineux, with the club having thus far been particularly goal-shy in the early weeks of the season, with a measly tally of three goals in just nine league games.

The aforementioned Costa could well come good and reverse that trend, although it will sting not to have got Batshuayi through the door.