Raul Jimenez’s absence from the Wolves team while he recovers from a fractured skull has been all too clear.
Wolves tried their best to replace the goals of Jimenez in January but Jose clearly hasn’t done that very well.
Whether they enter the market for another striker remains to be seen but they are targeting a wide player if you believe reports.
Football Insider claimed over the weekend that the Midlands outfit have set their sights on signing Goncalo Guedes from Valencia.
It’s understood that the Spanish side are likely to sell him in the summer after they had funding withdrawn by owner Peter Lim.
West Ham are also reportedly interested in the player who is currently rated at £13.5m by Transfermarkt. The Portugal international may have to significantly reduce his salary in order to complete a move though. The Jorge Mendes client currently earns £101k-per-week in La Liga.
A young Portuguese player on the books of Mendes appears to tick all the boxes when playing Wolves transfer bingo.
Some players are often wide of the mark but Guedes has the potential to be a real star at Molineux. His style of play suits the Old Gold and he’d fit into a side who like to operate with crafty playmakers and dazzling dribbles.
Guedes certainly fits that mantra and if you combine his qualities and the positions he plays in, he has Pedro Neto written all over him.
The Valencia attacker has the ability to play on both flanks while he’s also incredibly capable of starring in a number 10 role.
He has predominantly played off the left flank in 2020/21 but only has four goals to his name in all competitions. That being said, his contributions have arguably merited more.
Guedes has managed 1.5 shots per game this term, a tally only bettered by Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and indeed Neto at Wolves. Meanwhile, his 1.9 dribbles per match is just 0.3 fewer than Neto’s tally.
Wolves’ Portuguese sensation has had a stellar campaign but they need more numbers in attack if Nuno is to ever take this team to the next level. He has tried and failed to do that by switching the club’s normal formation so perhaps new recruits could change their fortunes instead.
Speaking about the winger, Luis Figo once said: “Guedes is a fast, irreverent and unpredictable player, who himself builds actions for his teammates and is also able to finish well.”
Possessing eye-catching levels of pace, he has the abilities to stretch defences just as Neto does. This would be a smart move from Wolves providing they can afford the finances.
A glowing review from Figo tells you all you need to know.