Whilst multi-million pound signings and marquee transfers are all well and good, nothing quite beats an academy talent coming through and making his mark on the first-team.
And in Wolves’ case, the next young starlet to really make his breakthrough under Nuno Espirito Santo could well be Theo Corbeanu.
The 18-year-old has been a regular for the club’s U23s at Premier League 2 level, and has shown off his versatility this season by playing through the middle and out wide on the right.
Such is his skilful nature and ability to drive forward with pace and purpose, The Athletic journalist Tim Spiers even suggested that there are some shades of former Wolves star Diogo Jota about him in that he has that deceptive speed and strength to his game.
And Corbeanu himself has made it clear how much he’s learning from Nuno, saying: “It’s great working with Nuno, he’s a very good manager, he has a clear identity, you know how to play, it’s the Wolves way. He came in and changed so much and the club has been on an uprise for the past three years. It’s great to learn from him. I’m a young player and I have a lot of things to work on. There’s no one better than to work with him.”
With his ability to play off both feet like a Kevin De Bruyne, he could add a sense of unpredictability to Wolves’ attacks. Spiers further added that “he’s skilful, can take players on, score and create goals and is decent in the air (at 6ft 2in)”.
That level of potential is surely worth taking a look in the first-team, certainly not as a starter anytime soon, but as a potential impact sub. Corbeanu is just waiting to take his chance.