Wolverhampton Wanderers have an exciting summer in store.
For once, they won’t target the next generation and instead, they’ll look towards building a more impressive first-team squad.
The plan, according to those close to the club, is that they’ll bring greater numbers to improve the depth in the senior set-up.
One area they simply have to bolster is their attack.
Raul Jimenez will be back in time for the new season but if this term has told them anything, it’s that they struggle when he’s absent.
If Wolves have desires of improving their firepower they should look no further than the stellar Ivan Toney.
The Brentford striker has been electrifying in the Championship this season and as a result, has caught the eye of plenty in the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast earlier this year, Barry Fry, who worked with Toney at Peterborough, said: “If Brentford don’t go up half of the Premier League will want Ivan. Even if they do go up, some of the biggest clubs in the Premier League will want Ivan Toney.”
According to TEAMtalk, one of the teams monitoring his situation in London are Wolves.
They will have to part ways with £30m in order to lure him to Molineux but it would certainly be worth it.
The 25-year-old has scored a marvellous 31 times this term; that’s the highest number of goals a player has ever mustered in a single Championship season.
He might be playing at a level below the Premier League but you’d back him to do it in the top-flight.
In a separate interview with Peterborough Today, Fry commented: “He’s turned into a tremendous all-round footballer. It’s important to remember Ivan is not just an exceptional goal-scoring forward, he’s also an outstanding defender.”
A threat in both boxes, his ability to bully opponents is incredibly similar to Jimenez.
Wolves haven’t totally got their recruitment right in recent years but this would be an astute signing, possibly their best one since Pedro Neto joined the club in 2019.
Last summer they signed the inconsistent Silva and Nelson Semedo but Jeff Shi deserves credit for the deal to bring Neto to English football.
He’s enjoyed a breakthrough campaign this term, scoring five goals and registering six assists with some eye-catching displays where he’s created moments of magic from nowhere.
With Wolves aiming to secure European football again, then a duo of Toney and Neto would be truly mouth-watering.