Wolves were linked with Mohammed Kudus during the summer transfer window and Julen Lopetegui must consider a move for him in January as he continues to star at the World Cup.
Wolves and Everton were both said to be keen on the young attacking midfielder during the summer as he sought a move away from Ajax, but it seems as if he will attract suitors from far higher up the Premier League table given his performances for both club and country since then.
The Ghana international looked dangerous in the Black Stars’ 3-2 defeat against Portugal in their opening fixture but he really came to the fore in their 3-2 win over South Korea on Monday.
As per Sofascore, the 22-year-old would earn an impressive 8.2/10 rating for his performance, which ranked him as the second-best player in the game behind the Taeguk Warriors’ own two-goal hero Gue-sung Cho.
After Mohammed Salisu handed Otto Addo’s side the lead, Kudus made it 2-0 with a deft header from Jordan Ayew’s cross.
Despite an impressive comeback from South Korea to make it 2-2, the Ajax sensation once again proved to be the hero, as he confidently swept home a ball into the middle, to hand the African side a real chance of qualification from the group.
The fact that Kudus registered just two touches in the box but scored twice in the game, becoming the first Ghanaian in history to do so, shows just how “clinical” – in the words of Statman Dave – he was against South Korea, and that is exactly what Lopetegui needs at Wolves in the second half of the season.
Injuries to Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez and Sasa Kalajdzic have left the Old Gold woefully short of consistent attacking options, and it is no surprise that they are bottom of the table having scored just eight goals in their 15 Premier League fixtures thus far.
If the Spaniard has any hopes of turning Wolves’ season around, he needs a consistent source of goals in his side, and Kudus’ combined 14 goals for club and country suggest that he could be their saviour.
While it might be tough to prise him away from Ajax given his sensational start to the World Cup, Lopetegui looks set to be backed in January, and Kudus could be the Spaniard’s first big-money signing at Molineux.