Rising Wolves starlet Niall Ennis has completed a season-long loan move to Burton Albion. The deal was nudged over the line in the dying embers of the transfer window, coming on the EFL deadline day.
Speaking to the club, manager Jake Buxton has expressed his delight over signing the 21-year-old, who could be about to hit a turning point in his career.
At the moment, Raul Jimenez is untouchable in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad. The Mexico international continues to impress with his unstoppable form in front of goal, already netting twice in four Premier League fixtures. Last season was a particularly impressive one for Jimenez, who bagged himself 27 goals in total (via Transfermarkt).
The star striker still has four years left on his current contract but other clubs will be circling like sharks. Manchester United have already made it known that they are keen on his services, coming close to striking a deal during the summer transfer window. Jimenez will likely stay at Molineux as long as Wolves continue to improve, however a dip in form could turn the 29-year-old’s head. Silverware will undoubtedly be at the forefront of his mind and if a club like United return, he may be tempted.
Nuno will know this and will expect offers to come flooding in once again for Jimenez. The clever tactic to build up Ennis could be the club’s way of preparing for a potential departure.
The Wanderers were in talks with Plymouth Argyle over a short-term deal for Ennis last year and manager Ryan Lowe waxed lyrical over the youngster.
“Niall Ennis is a fantastic footballer. He has represented England, he’s a quality striker,” the 42-year-old told the Plymouth Herald.
Playing for a side like Burton, who are in dire need of a boost in the league, could bring out the best in Ennis. The Brewers are currently rooted to the bottom of the table and are crying out for a goalscorer, with the Wolves man equally eager to showcase his abilities.