Wolverhampton Wanderers were said to be interested in signing PSV Eindhoven sensation Cody Gakpo during the summer and considering his incredible start to the 2022/23 campaign, it is clear that the Old Gold missed a trick in not signing him.
It was claimed that the Molineux outfit joined a host of Premier League clubs in the race to sign the Netherlands international ahead of transfer deadline day but ultimately he would remain with the Eredivisie outfit.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a superb season thus far for the Dutch side, contributing 13 goals and 11 assists in just 17 appearances in all competitions, including nine goals and six assists in the Eredivisie.
After he scored once and assisted twice in the Johan Cruijff Schaal, De Telegraaf journalist Valentijn Driessen labelled the forward “constantly threatening.” Wolves certainly cannot boast any players with that quality at the moment, considering their lack of attacking intent in recent matches.
These performances have earned him an incredible 8.65 average rating from WhoScored, whereas the top performer in Wolves’ side this season has been Ruben Neves with a 7.10 rating, which emphasises just how impressive Gakpo has been.
Considering the Old Gold’s woes in front of goal this season, which have seen them muster just three goals in nine Premier League games – ranking them as the lowest scorers in the football league – they surely could have used a player such as Gakpo in their front line.
While all the hype in the Premier League has been around Erling Haaland and his sensational start to life at Manchester City, the Norwegian actually has one fewer goal contribution than Gakpo this season, with 20 goals and three assists to his name.
Although it is difficult to compare the two given their respective leagues, Gakpo’s stats are even more impressive when you consider he features mainly on the wing for PSV and also doesn’t have the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva providing for him.
Therefore, it is undoubtedly a blow that Wolves couldn’t bring Gakpo to Molineux during the summer, as his performances this season will surely see his value rocket ahead of January, and he seems unlikely to swap European football with PSV for a potential relegation battle with Wolves.