Wolverhampton Wanderers are one of a few teams mentioned who could “take a punt” on Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa.
That is according to Dean Jones, via GIVEMESPORT, with the reliable journalist claiming that Molineux serves as a potential destination for a striker who is said to have been linked with a move to the Premier League for several months.
According to Jones, “somebody is going to take a punt” on Barbosa who is better known as “Gabigol” and Wolves are one of the clubs who could be prepared to do so.
Speaking to GMS, Jones said: “Now, whether that ends up being Aston Villa or Newcastle or West Ham, I don’t know, but I do think that this might be the summer Gabigol finally lands, and whoever takes that punt, it might be worth it.
“Wolves as well, by the way, they might even come into the equation. Somebody is going to take a punt on him.”
Gabigol burst onto the scene around 2014/2015, after netting 18 combined goals in his last two domestic campaigns for Santos and consequently, he found himself playing for Inter Milan across the 2016/2017 season.
The £23.4m-rated forward’s move to Europe did not go to plan though, and even a loan move to Benfica was not enough to see him return to the goalscoring form that initially generated his hype.
But a loan, and then permanent move back to Brazil has seen the now 25-year-old register consistently prosperous returns, with his haul of 25 goals in 29 Brazilian Serie A games across the 2019 season coming as the best of his career. With that in mind, it’s hardly a surprise that Adriano described him as “decisive” in 2021.
The current campaign has seen the Brazilian’s goal tally dry up and it looks a though a move to pastures new is just what is needed.
Though, if he were to replicate this number in the Premier League for Wolves, he would find himself as the third-highest goalscorer in the squad, just two goals behind Raul Jimenez who notched six in the league last year.
Wolves were the third-lowest scoring team in the Premier League across the last campaign, scoring just 38 goals. But they also found themselves as the fourth-lowest big chance creators, so if Lage was to make a move for Gabigol, he would need to ensure that chances could be created on a consistent basis, whether that be through an alteration in system or through the recruitment of a midfield-magician.
Either way, the links are positive and considering that Jimenez missed the most big chances for Wolves last season, with nine, the implementation of a new striker would certainly leave the manager delighted.