When Wolves hired Bruno Lage, there were eyebrows raised about his capabilities in English football.
Indeed, those who were sceptical are arguably being proven right after consecutive defeats for the Old Gold. Yet, that doesn’t tell the entire story.
Despite not scoring a goal in the Premier League yet, Wolves have been one of the most free-flowing sides in the top-flight this season.
They’ve accumulated 42 shots in their opening two matches before the floodgates opened in the Carabao Cup, beating Nottingham Forest 4-0.
With that in mind, they should focus their efforts on more defensive recruits in the remaining weeks of the window.
They are interested in signing Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car but another centre-half based in France is catching their eye.
Responding to a fan, he said: “Definite interest there.”
At just 21 years of age, Botman fits the profile of Wolves signing perfectly.
Under the stewardship of Nuno Santo and Fosun, they’ve made direct attempts to sign players who they can develop and make a potential profit on.
Diogo Jota is the prime example of a player they crafted before making big money on, while the same eventuality could befall Adama Traore and Pedro Neto.
However, we want to focus on what Botman would bring to Wolves now, rather than in the future.
A gifted ball-playing centre-half, the young Dutchman is also supreme when the ball is off the air. As Lille beat PSG to the Ligue 1 crown last season, he won 3.2 aerial duels per match which was more than anyone else at Wolves.
Furthermore, he completed 86.5% of his passes, remaining calm and composed at the back.
At 6 foot 3, he is cut from a similar cloth as Willy Boly, a player who has used his big frame to a great deal of success at Molineux. Once described as a “leader” by former head coach Christophe Galtier, he looks like he has all of the attributes to thrive in the Premier League.
Wolves don’t have too many leaders beyond Ruben Neves and Conor Coady so that’s another plus point for Lage.
With all of that in mind, supporters should be excited about their hopes for the remaining weeks of the window.