Wolverhampton Wanderers need to sign “exquisite” forward Hirving Lozano from Italian side Napoli this summer, as he could be the perfect alternative to Fabio Silva who has failed to hit the heights expected of him this season.
According to reports in Napoli today recently, Wolves are interested in the Mexic0 international and have been monitoring his performances in Naples this season.
The 26-year-old has been a Napoli player since 2019 after he signed from PSV Eindhoven for €40m (£36m). He has since made 112 appearances for the club and been directly involved in 28 goals. A move to the Premier League may help to move his career up a level and it would really help Wolves in their bid to be regulars in Europe.
When you compare Lozano to those in his position playing in Europe’s top five leagues this year, he ranks in the top 8% for crosses into the penalty area. If he moved to Molineux and replicated this then Wolves’ other forwards would be spoilt for opportunities to score.
Whilst the Old Gold still have a goal threat in Raúl Jiménez, they’ve never really found a good enough replacement for Diogo Jota and they currently sit fourth on the list for the least amount of goals scored in the Premier League this season.
Thankfully they keep a decent amount of clean sheets which means they aren’t in any relegation trouble.
In 2020 they signed Portuguese youngster Fabio Silva from FC Porto for a club-record fee of £35.6m. This was a huge amount to pay for an 18-year old and with it came huge pressure for him to perform.
Since arriving he has made 61 appearances and been directly involved in ten goals. For a player of his age, it’s not bad, but if Wolves want him to lead the line straight away then it’s not good enough.
Of course, none of this is the fault of the teenager, and the Midlands outfit need to be patient. If they signed £31.5m-rated Lozano they would be getting a player with far more experience, who would be ready to produce the level of performance required on a consistent basis.
If you compare them both this season Lozano is miles ahead in many categories. He averages 1.17 shots on target per 90 minutes compared to Silva’s 0.81, as well as 3.21 shot-creating actions to the youngster’s 2.58 per 90.
Buying him is guaranteed to bring you more goals, and it will allow Silva the time he needs to develop his game without a huge amount of pressure put on his shoulders.