Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that a solution that would see Francisco Trincao permanently sign for Wolves, allowing Adama Traore to remain at Barcelona is on the cards.
“I think a swap deal with Wolves between Francisco Trincao and Adama Traore could be a very good option,” said Laporta.
This comes despite the Portuguese forward’s poor form during his loan spell at the club, and with Pedro Neto returning from injury, surely there won’t be too many more opportunities handed to him by manager Bruno Lage.
So will Trincao be a good signing for Wolves, or a just as bad sequel to the underwhelming first chapter?
Our writers at Football FanCast towers have their say….
“This one is a must-avoid for Wolves. Bruno Lage would be making a major mistake if he green-lights this swap deal as Francisco Trincao has been far too wasteful in the Premier League this season.
“One goal and one assist in 22 matches as a forward player is a dreadful return. He has missed six ‘big chances’ in front of goal and only created 0.6 opportunities per game in the top-flight, ranking in the 25th percentile for progressive passes and 13th in xA in Europe.
“Instead of swapping him for Adama, Wolves must look to recoup a fee for the Spain international and use that money to find a player who can offer more production than Trincao in the final third.”
“Despite extremely high expectations upon his summer switch from Barcelona, Francisco Trincao’s temporary spell in Wolverhampton has so far proven disastrous for both the player and the club.
“Indeed, the £25m-rated winger has been toothless over his 22 Premier League appearances, scoring just one goal, registering one assist and creating two big chances for his teammates – returns that mean the 22-year-old has so far been as creative as Jose Sa, with the goalkeeper also having provided one assist and created two big chances this season.
“As such, considering the fact that the Portugal international is reported to be earning an enormous £131k-per-week at Molineux, in addition to his purchase option being around £25m, Bruno Lage simply must avoid making Trincao’s stay a permanent move this summer, as it is abundantly clear the forward would be a colossal waste of money for Wolves.”
“Despite a good season for Wolves so far, Francisco Trincao is one player who cannot take credit for the great performances we have seen from Bruno Lage’s side.
“Following Hwang Hee-Chan’s injury in December, Trincao was offered the opportunity to play a more important role in the team and make a good impression on his manager, however with just one Premier League goal and assist in 22 appearances it’s fair to say he hasn’t taken his chance to shine.
“Due to his wasteful nature on the pitch, it would be an absolute howler to keep hold of the 22-year-old winger, especially when you consider that he is on £131k-per-week, which is higher than any other player in the Wolves squad. Offering the Portuguese forward a permanent contract, with wages to match his current salary, would be completely undeserved due to his lack of output and effectiveness for his team this season, Lage should be looking elsewhere for attacking talent this summer.”