Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently sitting bottom in the Premier League table ahead of the World Cup break and there is no doubt that the Molineux faithful will be hoping newly-appointed head coach Julen Lopetegui can turn things around in the second half of the season.
The former Real Madrid boss has a huge task on his hands to secure survival for Wolves in the top flight next season but he will be afforded the chance to improve and add depth to the squad in the January transfer window, something that could be season-changing if the manager can attract the right talent.
One player who was linked with a move to Molineux over the summer is SL Benfica star Goncalo Ramos, a talented young striker who could give Wolves the injection of energy and fresh perspective in front of goal over the remainder of the season.
Indeed, Lopetegui will have the opportunity to scout the £25m-rated talent if he is given opportunities for Portugal in the upcoming World Cup, with the 21-year-old set to be a real dark horse in Qatar having never been capped by his country at senior level before.
However, the “outrageous” – in the words of scout Jacek Kulig – goal machine has already proven at club level that he possesses the quality to make a difference for the Midlands club.
Over 11 league appearances this season, Ramos has scored an impressive nine goals, registered one assist and averaged 3.3 shots on goal while winning 3.7 duels per game.
Not only that, the forward ranks in the top 10% of his positional peers across Europe’s best eight divisions outside of the big five for pass completion, touches and non-penalty goals, with Fulham goal machine Aleksandar Mitrovic, named as the most comparable player to Ramos according to FBref.
The two natural goal-scorers have many similar attributes in their performances this season with the pair scoring the same amount of goals (9), having a similar number of shots per 90 (4.06 v 4.60) and winning a comparable number of aerial duels (57.6% v 53%).
No other team in the top flight has scored fewer goals (8) than Wolves over the current campaign so it is clear that signing a high-quality and prolific striker like Ramos could vastly improve the team if he could continue his hunger for goals at Molineux.
With that being said, reigniting the interest in Ramos when the transfer window reopens in January could be a fantastic move for Lopetegui as the player could be a valuable asset in their attempt to climb up the table in the second half of the season.