When Wolverhampton Wanderers confirmed they were signing Diogo Jota on a permanent deal in 2018, there wouldn’t have been many of the Molineux faithful who thought he would move on for £41m just over two years later, despite his incredible talent.
Wolves have been linked with Mexican winger Alexis Vega and journalist Pete O’Rourke suggested he could have a similar sort of impact that Jota had at the club.
Speaking to Football FanCast, the journalist said: “Yeah, I’m sure Wolves fans will be hoping he had the impact of Diogo Jota, and Vega is a versatile forward he can play wide or can play down the middle.
“He’s still playing in Mexico right now with Chivas and I think Wolves fans will be keeping an eye on him during the World Cup with Mexico where I’m sure he will figure as well.”
The 24-year-old has played in Mexico for the whole of his career and has registered 47 goal contributions – 24 goals and 23 assists – in 121 matches for C.D. Guadalajara, which is an excellent return from a left winger.
Vega has pedigree at international level too, winning 21 caps and scoring four goals, and the attacker will be hoping to lead Mexico to the quarter-finals in Qatar and break the legendary fifth-game curse that has plagued them since reaching the last eight in 1986 – a World Cup in which they hosted.
As O’Rourke states, the supporters will be keeping a close eye on Vega during the tournament, and with the January transfer window opening just two weeks following the end of the World Cup, there could well be a mad scramble to sign him.
Wolves’ goalscoring woes have been evident once again this season, with their forwards contributing just six goals in 2022/23, and this has largely been a factor in the club’s current demise.
And, if Vega were to prove himself by exploding on the world stage in Qatar later this month – something that the winger’s form in Mexico would appear to suggest he is set to do – the 24-year-old could well be the perfect signing for Wolves, and could perhaps even become their next Jota-esque talent.