An update has emerged regarding Wolves’ chances of signing Slavia Prague forward Lukas Masopust.
According to 90min, Wolves are one of the clubs who have been offered the chance to sign the winger this summer. West Ham, Crystal Palace, Watford, Brighton, Leicester and Newcastle have also been told that they can sign him before the end of the window.
The report claims that he could be available for a fee in the region of £6m, with Slavia Prague willing to cash in on the Czech international.
Wolves fans will surely be fuming if the club take up the offer of signing Masopust in the weeks to come. The forward is not good enough for the current squad and supporters could well be aghast if he is brought in as a new signing ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Bruno Lage needs to avoid his first howler as Wolves manager by rejecting the chance to land the 28-year-old, targeting alternative attacking options instead.
Masopust has never played outside of the Czech Republic, with more than 200 appearances in the Fortuna Liga throughout his career to date. The right-winger has 15 goals and 16 assists in 101 games for Slavia Prague in all competitions, which is hardly an impressive record in a division which ranks well below the Premier League in UEFA’s association club coefficient.
In 13 games for his country during the 2020/21 campaign, Masopust averaged a dismal WhoScored rating of 6.45 as he failed to register a single goal or assist from out wide. This suggests that he doesn’t stand out at international level either, along with his fairly average rate of goal contributions for Slavia Prague.
Why would he be a good addition for Wolves in the Premier League, then? If he is not able to score or assist regularly in the Czech Republic, then it seems unlikely that he would arrive at Molineux and become a potent presence for Lage’s side next season.
At the age of 28, he is not an up-and-comer who would arrive with potential. He is in the peak years of his career and may not have much room left to develop, which is why Wolves must avoid this deal. Fans won’t be happy if an underperforming winger comes through the door for £6m this summer and it would represent a first blunder at the helm for Lage…