Wolverhampton Wanderers could explore a move for Barcelona’s 20-year-old Moroccan winger Abdessamad Ezzalzouli.
The Moroccan international is not getting many chances with the Barcelona first-team and could lean towards a loan departure “or even a permanent sale in case a good bid arrives” from a Barcelona perspective.
Since Adama Traore’s departure, Wolves have missed a spark in their attacking play this season that even another Barcelona man in Trincao has not been able to fix, with Wolves having created just 35 big chances this season – the third lowest in the Premier League.
The resurgence of Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona amidst attacking options in Ferran Torres, Memphis Depay and Adama Traore have made it tough for the young Moroccan to achieve regular minutes with the Blaugrana, though he has managed to feature 12 times in what is his debut season for the club. Given the amount of talent in the Barcelona ranks, the 20-year-old has done well to achieve his 12 cameo appearances.
Ezzalzouli’s defensive stats, despite operating as a forward, are solid and would allow the Barca starlet to fit in as a wing-back, given the nature of his game.
Though, as a forward, he has achieved some stats that bode well for his future, and with his average of 9.16 progressive carries per game capable of posing deep threat to the opposition.
His direct approach and match average of 3.26 crosses are a stand out factor of his game, with Raul Jimenez surely licking his lips at the prospect of an energetic winger who can create chances.
The Mexican has had a tough campaign in the Premier League this season, with his average of 2.08 shots per 90 a good indication that he is not receiving the support required to shine in his role as a forward.
Ez Abde, who was once labelled a “discovery” by Alex Truica can not only develop his game at the Molineux with regular minutes, but can also offer Lage an option to bolster the creative threat in his attacking line.
Let’s just hope he doesn’t become Trincao 2.0…