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Wolves: Lage must not let Sven Botman signing slip away

Wolverhampton Wanderers will be going to the transfer window and the new year in a comfortable position as they currently sit eighth in the Premier League, remaining consistent and strong throughout the first half of the season.

Despite a fine start for Wolves, Bruno Lage will face the challenge of maintaining that form and consistency into the second half of the campaign, and the transfer window could certainly help Wolves to stay on course for an opportunity to play in a European tournament next term.

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Who is this player?

One player linked with a move to Molineux, Sven Botman, knows all about playing European football, as he has contributed to Lille’s Champions League run with three appearances in the tournament so far this season, with the club securing a place in the round of 16.

The 21-year-old was hailed a “leader” by former Lille manager Christophe Galtier, who said: “In football, you have leaders who are vocal, ones who gesticulate and ones who shake the team up… I have a few of those.

“But you also have people who lead by example, through their performances, and it’s true that Sven is emerging as this type of leader.”

Botman might not be a Lille player by the time they face their next Champions League outing against Chelsea in February, given the transfer rumours linking him with Newcastle, AC Milan and Wolves this month.

Wolves are no strangers to the 21-year-old, as it was reported by The Athletic that Lille quoted the English club £35m for the player back in the summer, but the Old Gold were not willing to meet that figure on deadline day and moved on into the season without him.

If the rumours are true that Lage is interested in reigniting a move for the defender, he will need to start making his moves fast to avoid the nightmare of making the same mistake again. It could result in losing out on him to another Premier League club this time, as Newcastle reportedly ramp up their interest.

Can Wolves secure signing of Botman?

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Fans will be livid if the Lille star goes to another club. His performances this season for Lille have quite rightly grasped attention of many prospective suitors, with a goal and assist for the Ligue 1 champions, combined with his outstanding contributions defensively by making 26 blocks and 62 clearances and receiving 96.9% of his passes successfully so far this season according to data from FBRef.

Wolves fans may be especially annoyed if he goes to a Premier League club like Newcastle, who are currently deep into the relegation zone, compared to Lage’s team who are settled in eighth and competing for a European finish. Indeed, one Old Gold fan took to Twitter to state that “Botman is a must for Wolves”.

Considering that Lage does not have huge depth in that position given that he plays with a three-man defence, and considering Botman’s clear talents and European nous, that particular supporter very much has a point. It would be a nightmare on the club’s part if they allow another suitor such as Newcastle to nab the Dutchman instead.

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