Wolves currently have a number of players in their squad who will see their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Despite being a regular figure in Bruno Lage’s side this season, having started 24 of their 28 league games, there’s every chance that this campaign will be the 35-year-old’s last at Molineux unless he puts pen to paper on a new deal before his current one runs out.
If the Portuguese veteran does wave goodbye to the club in the summer, the Old Gold may not necessarily need to immediately go out and dive into the transfer market to sign a replacement for him, as they may already have an ideal long-term figure in their ranks who could potentially break into the team in the potential absence of Moutinho.
Connor Ronan has been on the books at Wolves since he joined their under-18 side back in 2014. Since then, the Irishman has gone on to make 35 appearances across their under-18 and under-23 teams, scoring five goals and providing seven assists but making just 13 senior appearances.
The 24-year-old has also been on quite a few loan deals away from Molineux, the latest of which has taken him to Scottish club St Mirren, where he currently on loan until the end of the season.
During his time with the Premiership side, the midfielder has appeared in 22 of their 30 league games, scored seven goals and provided three assists along the way. That has earned him an overall performance rating of 6.97/10 from WhoScored, making him the Buddies’ third-highest rated player, an indicator as to how well he has been doing in his latest loan spell.
It didn’t take him long to get settled in Paisley either, with St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin describing Ronan’s debut as “outstanding”.
With this in mind, the Irishman could well have put himself in the frame to be a regular senior figure for the Old Gold next season, finally getting his chance to shine and potentially saving the club millions in their potential search for a replacement for Moutinho.