When Patrick Cutrone was brought back to Wolves this month, it wasn’t thought that he’d be the man to replace the injured Raul Jimenez.
However, the longer the window goes on, the more it feels like Jeff Shi won’t invest in the first-team set-up.
Yet, it doesn’t look as though any striker will arrive if a fee is involved. That’s because according to The Mirror, Wolves don’t have the finances.
They report that Nuno Santo has aborted interest in both Divock Origi and Olivier Giroud this month after being told to forget about spending big money in January.
This should come as a considerable setback for Wolves given their lack of promising options in that third of the pitch.
If Wolves don’t sign a striker this month they can wave goodbye to securing European football again.
Their front line has been far from productive since Jimenez fractured his skull and after being withdrawn against Arsenal, they have won just two of the nine matches their star striker has missed.
That’s a shambolic record for a squad that on paper has enormous potential. Deputy Fabio Silva has netted just the solitary goal since his £35.6m move and the very fact they’ve recalled Cutrone says a lot.
On loan at Fiorentina in the first half of the season, he hasn’t scored all term.
Therefore, signing someone like Giroud would have been of enormous benefit. The Frenchman is one of the most pedigreed target men around and like Jimenez, would offer goals and the ability to bring others into play.
The Chelsea striker has scored nine goals in 16 outings this season, four of which came in one Champions League outing against Sevilla. It was a display that Glenn Hoddle described as “out of this world” as the 105 cap international demonstrated his enormous qualities.
Giroud hasn’t always been the best finisher but when he does find the net it’s always in emphatic fashion. With Shi and Nuno hunting for short-term options, they wouldn’t find much better than the 34-year-old.
Eden Hazard once labelled him the best target man in world football and if that doesn’t fill the Molineux faithful with confidence not much will. Like Jimenez, he is similarly adept in the air.
Unlike a host of other players on Wolves’ radar this month, Giroud is proven in the Premier League, a ticked box that is hugely underestimated.
With Jimenez out injured and Nuno needing a proven first-class striker to deputise for him until he returns, signing Giroud is a necessity, not a luxury. Shi must find the money from somewhere or be staring at a huge mistake.
Wolves cannot afford to miss out on European football for a successive season with the players they have.