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Wolves dropped major transfer clanger with Pedro Goncalves

Wolves‘ struggles in front of goal are well documented, and addressing their problems in the final third could be manager Bruno Lage’s first area he needs to address ahead of the start of the next season.

Just five teams in the Premier League have failed to put the ball in the back of the net more than the Portuguese boss’ side, with Leeds as far down as 16th having scored more times this campaign.

Raul Jimenez is the club’s top scorer with six in the league, while Hwang Hee-chan has just five, and £36m teenager Fabio Silva has failed to find the back of the net at all this season.

Did Wolves make a big mistake selling Goncalves?

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Their attacking woes could have been solved though, if they were a little more patient with the club’s former prospect Pedro Goncalves, who has since leaving has become one of the world’s most sought after talents, attracting the interest of Manchester United, according to Jornal de Noticias (via Sports Witness).

Despite having impressed at youth level during his stint in West Midlands, netting nine goals and creating an additional four for the U23s, he was deemed not good enough for the first team, and was put up for sale.

Having left Wolves for Famalicao in the summer of 2019 for a fee of just £1.1m, despite being labelled as “outstanding” by former  U23’s manager Rob Edwards, he is now valued at a whopping £31.5m according to Transfermarkt – a mighty 2592% increase which will surely leave chairman Jeff Shi with nightmares.

Just a year later, Sporting Lisbon signed the now-23-year-old for £5.8m, after an encouraging season which saw him make 15 goal contributions in 40 appearances for Famalicao – and since then, he has gone from strength-to-strength scoring 37 goals for the Portuguese side in just 70 appearances.

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Now a two-time Portugal international, Goncalves has scored 12 goals and assisted seven more in all competitions for the Portuguese giants, as well as averaging a 7.26 match rating according to SofaScore in the Primeira Liga this campaign – the second highest in the team who are currently chasing down first-placed Porto.

He has also been remarkable in the Champions League, becoming the first Sporting player since Cristiano Ronaldo to score a brace in consecutive appearances in that competition. That accomplishment ultimately led Opta to suggest he was the “heir” to the Portugal legend.

His ability is unquestionable, and if Wolves were just a little more patient with the winger, they wouldn’t be needing to find a replacement for outgoing Adama Traore, or find a solution for their woes in front of goal.

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