Wolves have been linked with SC Freiburg winger Rolland Sallai recently and the Hungary international could prove to be Julen Lopetegui‘s own version of Manchester United star Marcus Rashford at Molineux.
According to Hungarian journalist Ben Bocsak last month, a number of clubs are interested in signing the 25-year-old forward in next month’s window, after he switched agencies and opened the door for an exit from Germany.
The Old Gold, as well as West Ham, Sevilla, Lazio and Fiorentina, are all listed as interested parties in Sallai, with Freiburg likely to demand around €20m (£18m) for his services, should he depart the Europa-Park Stadion this month.
The former Apoel Nicosia man has struggled for regular game time in the Bundesliga this season, making just eight appearances under Christian Streich but he has certainly impressed in the past, hitting eight goals and six assists in just 28 appearances in the 2020/21 campaign.
With Hwang Hee-chan and Goncalo Guedes failing to fire, and Pedro Neto still sidelined through injury, it is easy to see why Lopetegui would want to bring in another winger this month, especially considering his likeness to the in-form Rashford.
If we compare Sallai’s stats from last season with Rashford’s from this campaign, the two have registered extremely similar numbers with regard to non-penalty expected goals and assists per 90 (0.58 vs 0.56), shots per 90 (2.79 vs 2.7) and goal-creating actions per 90 (0.41 vs 0.31).
Considering the Hungarian winger was outperforming Rashford in these metrics last season, with the 25-year-old United star one of the best in the Premier League on current form, Lopetegui would surely be foolish to turn down the opportunity to sign the Freiburg man this month.
The official Bundesliga website also highlighted Sallai’s similarities to Rashford and teammate Jadon Sancho when describing the 25-year-old in 2021.
They wrote: “Sallai is a modern wide player in the mould of Jadon Sancho, only too happy to give opposition players the swerve with his quick feet and acceleration. Like the former Borussia Dortmund and current England flier, Sallai knows how to make and take chances – and has shown himself to be a handy inverted winger and second striker for Freiburg and Hungary.”
Therefore, with Wolves continuing to struggle in front of goal under Lopetegui, the Spaniard should definitely consider a move for Sallai this month.