When Raul Jimenez went off against Arsenal there will have been mixed emotions among supporters at Wolves.
Of course, losing their star striker was a huge blow, but they could take solace from the fact that they had a £35.6m replacement waiting in the wings.
Unfortunately for Fabio Silva, he hasn’t lived up to expectation. Fosun may have spent their funds on potential here, but considering his goal tally of just one all season, it’s difficult to suggest that it was money well spent.
Nuno Santo’s men have had a torrid few months, winning just two of their last nine outings since Jimenez got injured. They have even recalled Patrick Cutrone, something that elevates their desperate nature at this moment in time.
It looked as though Wolves would use the January transfer market to strengthen but the longer things go on, the more it looks as though Cutrone will be their sole answer.
Reports from Spain towards the end of last year claimed that Wolves were interested in the Real Betis forward who currently has a release clause of €50m (£43m).
Wolves may have been able to get him for less, but the fact of the matter is that Jeff Shi is on course for a big mistake if he brings Moron to Molineux.
The 27-year-old was top scorer in La Liga for several weeks last season and ended the campaign on ten strikes. Yet, he has been nothing short of disastrous this term – scoring one goal from 12 outings.
It would appear that Moron was a one-season wonder for Betis and if they were ever going to get a huge sum of money for the Spaniard, that time has surely passed.
After all, the last thing Wolves need is another striker who struggles to find the back of the net. Silva may have only bagged on a solitary occasion himself but he’s finding himself in better positions to score.
The struggling forward has managed just a solitary start since signing for Nuno’s men but has three goals in La Liga this term on loan at Huesca. On top of that, he also manages a mighty 2.2 shots a game on average.
The duo also have similar play styles. With just two inches between them in height, they both use their relatively tall frames to win aerial battles. Yet, their pass success rates this season have been abysmal.
Moron has difficulties bringing others into play which means he wouldn’t suit Wolves’ fast-flowing counter-attacking style very well at all. In the Spanish top-flight, he’s succeeded with just 62.8% of his passes this term. Mir, meanwhile, is even worse at 61.8%.
In Jimenez’s absence, Wolves need a striker who can make things stick up top. Moron clearly isn’t that type of player and neither can he find the net with great regularity.
As such, it would be a massive mistake for Shi to invest in the Betis striker.