With the January transfer window open, Wolves desperately need to bring in some new arrivals.
They are stuck in an almighty rut and with relegation now being mentioned in the same breath as the club’s name, things don’t bode well.
One of the strongest parts of Wolves’ side at the moment is their midfield. They have a plethora of options and with Morgan Gibbs-White returning, it has only added to their ranks.
The emergence of Owen Otasowie has ensured their depth in the middle of the park has grown larger, while Vitinha’s arrival means they are hardly short-changed.
The usual midfield trio has been Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker. It’s a vibrant triumvirate but they could be on the verge of improving it, and thus, landing the latter’s potential successor in the Midlands.
Earlier this month, it was reported by The Mirror (via One Football) that Wolves were interested in signing young Czech Republic midfielder Alex Gral.
The 22-year-old plays for Spartak Moscow in Russia and has also attracted the eyes of Leeds United and Newcastle. Any potential deal could cost in the region of £30m so the youngster won’t come cheap.
That being said, he’s a phenomenal player for his age and given the fee they paid for 18-year-old Fabio Silva (£35.6m), this doesn’t amount to much.
Like Dendoncker, Kral is a powerhouse in the middle of the park, someone capable of hassling the opposition and bullying them relentlessly.
They are remarkably similar when it comes to tackles per game with the Wolves target amassing 1.4 challenges each outing in the Russian top-flight. That’s compared to 1.5 tackles per match made by Nuno Santo’s Belgian enforcer.
When it comes to passing, they both have success rates north of 84%, with just 2% between the duo in Dendoncker’s favour.
However, it’s in terms of reading of the game where Kral really outmuscles the Wolves midfielder. The Czech Republic international, who stands at 6 foot 1, wins a mightily impressive 1.7 interceptions a game compared to Dendoncker’s 0.4.
With that in mind, certainly in terms of ground duels, Wolves could find themselves somewhat of an upgrade on the Belgium international.