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Wolves can unearth their next Jota in Shomurodov

Wolves have been linked with Roma striker Eldor Shomurodov recently and the forward could prove to be the next Diogo Jota at Molineux.

Reports from Italy had suggested that the Roma man could be signed as a replacement for Raul Jimenez, with the Mexican set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury in pre-season.

It seems increasingly likely that the Uzbekistan international will depart the Stadio Olympico this summer, with the Serie A side keen to cash in on him and reports suggest that he could be available for €15m (£12.7m). However, they will have to act quickly with Bologna and his current club locked in negotiations over his transfer.

Considering Jose Mourinho’s side have already brought in Paulo Dybala, and look set to sign Andrea Belotti on a free transfer, playing time could be hard for Shomurodov to come by next season and an exit definitely looks on the cards.

Last season saw the 27-year-old, who was described as a player who “has everything” by agent Kahorm Muminov, make just five starts in Italy’s top flight, making 23 appearances from the bench, which emphasises his status as a bit-part player at the club.

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However, he still popped up with five goals and six assists and has shown in previous spells at FC Rostov and Genoa that he knows where the back of the net is, scoring 26 times during his spells at the club two clubs. Therefore, he could be a shrewd acquisition by Bruno Lage this summer.

According to FB Ref, the third-most similar player to Shomurodov in terms of play style is former Wolves man Diogo Jota, a comparison that will no doubt intrigue those of a Molineux persuasion.

Last season saw the two players average the exact same number of shots on target per 90 minutes (1.26), while they also registered the same number of assists in the league (four) and had a very similar shot on target percentage of 35.5 to 36.3.

Jota was a huge success in his time at Wolves, contributing 44 goals and 19 assists in 131 appearances for the Old Gold, helping them to promotion from the Championship and playing a big part as they earned European qualification in their first season back in the big time.

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Since his departure, they have arguably missed such a dynamic and effervescent presence, but they will no doubt hope to forget all about him by signing Shomurodov this summer.

Jota has gone on to become a key player for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool scoring 34 in 85 outings, so Wolves would be foolish to turn down a player such as the Uzbekistan international this summer, especially considering their need for attacking reinforcements.

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