During the January transfer window, there was seemingly only one thing on Wolves’ mind; signing a new striker.
Raul Jimenez has been out since November while as fights back from a sickening fractured skull and the squad have never truly recovered from losing the Mexican.
Wolves targeted a number of forwards in January from Olivier Giroud and Divock Origi to Willian Jose, the man they eventually signed on loan from Real Sociedad.
Andy Delort was another player on the club’s radar and it’s recently been revealed by Jeunes Footeux that the Premier League outfit were incredibly close to signing him from Montpellier last month.
The article took an in-depth look at the players linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 club and it was Delort who was seemingly the most sought-after.
This is the second time Wolves have tried to sign Delort after Kenny Jackett attempted to add him to the Old Gold’s ranks back in 2014.
On paper, Jose looked every bit the perfect Jimenez replacement. He is tall, can hold the ball up and as his record of 62 goals at Sociedad tells you, he can also find the net.
Jose has six Premier League appearances to his name and although he’s offered a greater presence in attack than either Patrick Cutrone or Fabio Silva, he’s not exactly getting himself in the right positions to score.
With that in mind, should Delort have been signed instead? Quite possibly.
The 29-year-old is enjoying a brilliant season in France where he’s netted ten goals in 21 outings, taking his overall Montpellier tally to 36 strikes. In the process, Delort has registered seven assists this season too.
Like Jimenez, he is adept at bringing others into play and for a man who professes he is “crazy about scoring,” he’s rather selfless.
Delort has everything you’d want in a forward. He can rattle the back of the net consistently, has pace that usurps Kylian Mbappe and he’s also supreme in the air.
The Frenchman typifies a dynamic forward and judging by his array of qualities, surely would have suited the Premier League. Time will tell whether it was a mistake to bring Jose in over Delort.