Wolves spent a considerable amount last summer but this January looks as though it could be a rather tame affair in comparison.
The Midlands side added two players for a fee of over £28m a few months ago, and thus their financial coffers could be a little weaker.
The club’s primary focus this month will be finding a new striker to act as cover for Raul Jimenez.
However, the need for bodies in other areas simply cannot be neglected. This season might be a tight one in terms of points but Wolves currently sit 13th in the table.
As a result, their aims of securing more European football look farfetched.
With that in mind, what would the addition of an elite attacking midfielder do? Well, it would surely be game-changing.
Gianluca di Marzio (via Sempre Milan) reported this week that Wolves were weighing up a move for former Tottenham man Christian Eriksen.
The Dane joined Inter Milan for a fee of £16.9m a year ago but could already be the move. Unfortunately, a switch to Molineux feels unlikely.
Jeff Shi’s transfer policy at Wolves since he took control has been to bring in players they can develop, rather than seasoned professionals. You only need to look at players like Pedro Neto, Diogo Jota and Adama Traore to realise that.
Thus, swooping for someone like Eriksen would divert from his usual strategy. He’s 28 years of age which normally would signal someone in their prime years.
Wolves usually sign younger players but with the attacking midfielder, they must swat their methods to one side and bring him back to the Premier League.
It’s difficult to judge Eriksen this term because he’s only started four times but if we consider his career averages, he’d be a considerable upgrade on Daniel Podence in terms of creativity.
The Portuguese has registered 1.7 shots per game and 0.9 key passes a match this season, numbers which fall below Eriksen’s figures down the years.
It’s hardly a surprise that Mauricio Pochettino thinks highly of him. Speaking in 2019, the former Spurs boss said: “He has an amazing quality and can shoot from outside the area and has an unbelievable shot with his left and with his right foot. Christian is a special person and we are all special and different and we need to understand that.”
Despite Eriksen’s wage, he’d be a stellar addition. Wolves must still pursue this one in January.