Wolves players haven’t exactly flooded the ongoing European Championships with enormous quality.
Molineux’s Portuguese contingent of Rui Patricio, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho tasted defeat in the last 16, while Adama Traore has managed just one substitute appearance with Spain.
However, they have been attracted by a number of players currently lighting up the Euros. Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic has caught their eye, while they’ve also been left impressed by Leicester and Wales stopper Danny Ward.
One player with whom the club were previously linked has been having an outstanding tournament. That happens to be Premier League-winning left-back in Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The Manchester City defender has been making history this summer with Ukraine, taking them to the quarter-finals, where they’ll meet England on Saturday evening.
Wolves made a bid of £19m for Zinchenko 12 months ago but that was rejected. However, after a starring role in recent weeks, they must consider another move for him.
The 24-year-old started Ukraine’s group games in the middle of the park but he was nothing short of outstanding after being moved to left wing-back when they beat Sweden after extra time in the last 16.
Zinchenko scored a sweetly-struck opener from inside the penalty area before providing a peach of a cross deep into the second half of extra time which supplied the winning goal.
The City gem was left crying on the pitch at full-time, embraced by his teammates after turning up for his country in one of the biggest moments in their football history.
Described as “incredible” by Pep Guardiola, he initially arrived in England as an attacking midfielder but has been turned into a left-back under the Spaniard.
As well as possessing a mean delivery of the ball, his defensive attributes appear to be improving all the time. No Swedish player managed to dribble past him last Tuesday evening as Zinchenko completed 86% of his passes, won seven of eight defensive duels and attempted seven tantalising crosses.
He was an enormous threat and should now be pursued by Wolves more closely. The Old Gold have negotiated a deal to sign Rayan Ait-Nouri for £10m but they could find better alternatives elsewhere.
Zinchenko’s price tag has likely risen since starring for his country over the last month but his performances demonstrate he deserves to be first choice for his club. At the Etihad Stadium, that is unfortunately never likely to happen, but Bruno Lage could grant him the starring role he needs at Molineux.
For those who have doubted him since coming to England, they have now been silenced after his displays this summer.
Zinchenko is increasingly becoming an ever-reliable performer. Wolves supporters would surely love not only his versatility but his passion and work rate; he has talent in abundance.