The transfer window has been shut for just over two weeks now but Wolverhampton Wanderers are seemingly already planning their January business, with reports linking Bruno Lage’s side to Viktor Tsygankov.
The 24-year-old is a product of Dynamo Kyiv’s academy and has established himself as a regular both there and with the Ukraine national side since breaking onto the scene as a teenager.
The report suggests that Tsygankov could be available at a cut-price, as his contract with Kyiv is set to expire at the end of this season, so a January sale makes sense if the Ukrainian side want to avoid losing him for nothing, although foreign sides could approach him with a contract under the Bosman ruling.
While the wide positions are one of few areas in which Lage has a lot of depth and quality, with the likes of Pedro Neto, Goncalo Guedes, Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-Chan available there, Tsygankov’s performances suggest he could be a shrewd addition.
During his time with Dinamo Kyiv, the young winger has contributed an impressive 87 goals and 60 assists in 219 appearances, including 11 in just 18 league outings last season.
When he broke onto the scene with Kyiv, he drew comparisons with Gareth Bale because of his ability to cut onto his left foot from the right wing, while Serhiy Rebrov, his former manager, also sang his praises.
He said: “He is Dynamo’s future. It’s no coincidence he made his first start in a Champions League game and he really took his chance, providing an assist against Napoli. If he hones his natural talent the right way, he will have a great career.”
Considering goals have been a problem for the entirety of Lage’s tenure at Wolves, with just three goals in the Premier League this season, adding a goalscoring winger in the mould of Bale could be a great move in January.
After all, the Welshman did score 54 goals in the Premier League in his career with Tottenham Hotspur, before going on to win a multitude of trophies with Real Madrid.
If Tsygankov is even half as good as Bale, then Wolves will have a very good player on their hands, so Lage should do all he can to bring the young Ukrainian to Molineux in January.