Next season has the potential to be a very special one for Fabio Silva at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It has taken the Portuguese forward a long time to get going at Molineux but he’s finally beginning to demonstrate why Wolves spent £35.6m on his services.
That said, Nuno Santo and co would be foolish to ignore the need for more firepower in the summer.
Raul Jimenez has been recovering from a fractured skull since November and it’s unknown whether he’ll return in the same ruthless goalscoring form.
If he doesn’t, the Old Gold will have a severe problem on their hands. Without their Mexican sensation, they have been down on goals.
One player they could look to sign is Rafael Leao. The forward joined AC Milan for £32m during the summer window of 2019 but Wolves have a long-standing interest.
Back in November, it was reported that the Midlands outfit tried to sign him last summer. They also revealed that he’s a player Nuno likes.
If they can lure him to the Premier League it would be a marvellous capture, one that could form a truly devastating partnership with Pedro Neto.
It has been a breakthrough campaign for the youngster and it would be unsurprising if he takes the Premier League by storm next term.
Add Leao to the attack and it could be terrifying for opposition defences. Neto is one of the trickiest attackers in the top-flight of English football but the Milan forward has similar qualities.
Cool in front of goal, the 21-year-old possesses jaw-dropping pace and an ability to beat most players in world football. Like Neto, he can produce magical moments out of nowhere.
Speaking about Leao’s youth career, former striker Rolando Bianchi once commented: “I had seen him at the U20 World Cup with Portugal and he made spectacular plays. He has great speed, he has a touch of the ball.”
The plaudits don’t stop there. In fact, he’s been compared to some of the greatest footballers to ever grace the wonderful sport.
Lille president Gerard Lopez dubbed him the Portuguese Mbappe but the finest of reviews come from his mentor at Sporting Lisbon; Tiago Fernandes.
The coach has been effusive in his praise in the past, saying: “Rafael is a special player for me, he always will be. I met him when he was just 12-13 years old and I’ve trained him in almost all the youth teams of Sporting Lisbon until his debut in the first team. Only Cristiano Ronaldo at Sporting had his talent at that age, I guarantee you.”
Fernandes continued: “He is a number 9, he has always played there. He reminds me of Ronaldo, the ‘Phenomenon’, for his speed, technique and quality in the decisive part of the action.”
If Wolves supporters weren’t sold on the young Portuguese striker then surely those words will provoke excitement.
Leao is yet to really live up to his immense potential at the San Siro with just seven goals to his name this season but he is a player with undoubted quality.
The idea of the Leao running onto a through ball from Neto is enough to make you giddy with excitement; they’d be a dream combination.