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Wolves: Lopetegui can unearth his own Hazard with Konstantelias

Wolverhampton Wanderers have enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence under Julen Lopetegui, losing just once in five matches and that was to a very late Manchester United winner.

The feel-good factor is coming back to Molineux and there is genuine hope that the Spaniard could keep the club in the Premier League following their woeful start to the season under Bruno Lage.

With the transfer window open, thoughts will now turn to who Lopetegui could bring to the club that will give them that extra edge ahead of a crucial few months ahead.

According to the Evening Standard, Wolves are interested in signing young Greek talent Giannis Konstantelias from PAOK alongside the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, with the player valued at around the £10m mark.

It looks like Lopetegui is aiming to bring young talent to the Midlands and this is proof that he is looking at this role as a long-term opportunity to build an exciting team.

Konstantelias operates mainly on the left wing, coming onto his preferred right foot with talent scout Jacek Kulig even likening him to Eden Hazard at the end of last year, citing some of his strengths as “pace, acceleration, dribbling, technique, ball control, creativity, agility, flair” and these are the type of traits the Belgian sensation utilised so well during his fruitful spell in the Premier League.

Across seven years at Chelsea, Hazard was arguably one of the finest left-wingers in the world, and he was able to both score and create plenty of opportunities for his teammates in near equal measure.

He scored 110 times and registered 92 assists in 352 games for the London side and while Konstantelias is still young and continuing his development, being compared to someone like Hazard is a testament to just how much talent he possesses.

In 14 matches this campaign, the Greek teenager has managed to assist four goals, although he has yet to find the back of the net himself while recording 1.3 key passes on average per match.

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The head of Agia Pareskevi’s academy – the Greek’s first club – Alexandros Malakasiotis lavished high praise on the youngster, saying: “Such a player does not emerge every day. Not even every 50 years… For me, he is a phenomenon. If you see how he passes and moves into space, you will understand what he is about.”

He could be a wonderful investment for the future and Lopetegui will be having serious thoughts about luring him to Molineux.