Wolves’ shambolic showing at Turf Moor on Sunday lunchtime provided Nuno Santo with plenty to think about.
First of all, it showed that their defence still leaves plenty to be desired and secondly, it summed up why they need more potency in attack. Losing 4-0 on the road to a relegation-threatened team wasn’t very impressive at all.
This will be a pivotal summer for Wolves after they ultimately splashed the cash unsuccessfully last year.
Instead, Wolves could find themselves turning their eyes to Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah.
Nuno’s men were linked with a move for the young forward in January but they ultimately settled on Jose.
However, it looks as though the Gunners are keen to shift Nketiah again this summer.
A fresh report from The Sun over the weekend states that Arsenal are looking for £20m in order to part company with the 21-year-old. With that, Wolves should revive their interest.
Back in January, Wolves needed a proven experienced striker in order to replace Raul Jimenez whilst he was injured. The arrival of Jose looked an astute one on paper as he signed on loan but after netting one goal in the space of a few months, it’s not gone according to plan.
It’s unlikely Jimenez will be back before the end of the campaign but hopefully, he’ll be fit and raring to go before the new season rolls around.
With that in mind, signing another experienced forward might not make as much sense.
Fortunately, this is where Nketiah comes in. Not quite as young as Fabio Silva, the Englishman has had a habit of troubling opposition defences up and down the country for years.
He has only scored six times for Mikel Arteta’s side this term but he is the definition of a penalty box poacher. You only need to look at his late goal against Fulham last week where he stole in at the back post before poking the ball home.
Dubbed a “powerful” player by the Arsenal manager, he possesses the ability to get in behind and run the channels; something Wolves don’t really have with Jimenez.
The Mexican will work hard but despite being a fox in the box, he isn’t blessed with enormous pace.
Nketiah, on the other hand, has speed and acceleration in abundance. If you don’t get stuck into him early in the game, he can run you ragged.
The youngster scored 28 times in only 39 games for the club’s U23 side and at international level, he has thrived.
Described as a “goal machine” by Michael Owen, no one has scored more goals for England U21s than Nketiah; he has 16 in 17.
The attacker now has a few years of experience under his belt which is more than Silva can offer at the moment. He is proven in England and also has plenty of leadership skills; he was the U21s captain during the recent European Championships.
Like a lot of Jeff Shi’s signings down the years, this would be one where Wolves can develop and craft a player for the future.