Wolves have now finally waved goodbye to a rather inconsistent 2020 and with it, they can say hello to a January transfer window.
Jeff Shi spent big in the summer so will he be tempted to do again? Quite possibly.
The Old Gold have had a topsy-turvy few weeks and can’t seem to string two positive results together. They have beaten both Chelsea and Arsenal recently, also drawing with Tottenham.
However, Nuno Santo’s tinkering has seen them slip up against Burnley and Aston Villa. Those two results were pretty poor and thus, their form could see them exploit the transfer window in a bid to solve things.
One position they may look to improve is defensively, especially at left-wing back. That’s because they’re reportedly interested in signing Barcelona’s Junior Firpo.
That’s according to Spanish publication Sport who suggest the Catalan giants are searching for a fee of around €22m (£20m) in order to sell him.
Why is this important, though? Well, Jonny is still out injured and they lack athleticism from Marcal.
On paper, signing yet another full-back doesn’t make too much sense. Wolves added Marcal and Rayan Ait-Nouri to their ranks in the summer, also bringing in Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever.
Of course, they did sell Matt Doherty and loan out Ruben Vinagre but there is clearly a sense that improvement can be made.
In Firpo, they’d find a pretty hefty upgrade too, especially for someone who is still only 24 years of age. Vinagre and Ait-Nouri are still both very raw while Marcal hasn’t overly impressed. For starters, the Brazilian has only managed 0.2 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game.
For someone that Nuno expects to run ragged down the left-hand side, it’s not the most eye-catching set of statistics. Though, Firpo could quite easily solve that problem. Described as “effervescent” by Spanish media outlet Marca (via Sky Sports), he really does define energy and excitement.
The wing-back has provided 1.3 key passes per match this season – the same as Adama Traore – and is fouled the same number of times. For context, that’s more than Daniel Podence a game and only 0.3 fewer times than Pedro Neto.
Firpo showed exactly what he’s capable of last Tuesday night when Barca drew 1-1 with Eibar. He completed three key passes, made two tackles and also blocked three shots.
This is an aggressive defender who is always keen to put his body on the line. Standing at 6 foot, crucially he’d also be a physical upgrade on the likes of Jonny and Marcal.
Possessing the ability to play as a left-back, left wing-back and as a left midfielder, his versatility and dynamism is an absolute dream for Nuno.