Wolves have started their plans for the future as they prepare to table new contract terms for rising talent Niall Ennis.
According to Football Insider, Nuno Espirito Santo is looking to tie the 21-year-old down to the club before he is sent out on loan for the season. The Wolverhampton-born striker will undoubtedly hope to make it at his boyhood club and he could be coming for Raul Jimenez’s spot.
The Portugal international spearheaded Wolves to a seventh place finish in the Premier League last season. Jimenez’s efforts saw him finish in the top ten highest scorers for the term, level with Marcus Rashford and ahead of Sergio Aguero (via Premier League). His overall tally for the season was an astonishing 27 goals and ten assists, with two goals already coming from his four league performances this season (via Transfermarkt).
Ennis has been impressing in Wolves’ reserve team, scoring a total of 12 goals overall and notching six goals and four assists on loan with Doncaster last campaign (also Transfermarkt). Another loan spell – perhaps to a Championship or lower Premier League side – will really help establish the young attacker in his position.
Narrowly missing a top six finish last time round will have Wolves itching for a higher finish this season. Champions League football is also attainable and will likely be a priority for Nuno. However, if these goals can’t be reached, Jimenez may look elsewhere for success and he certainly isn’t short of offers.
The 29-year-old has attracted attention from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, which could be too tempting an opportunity to pass up this time next year. Should he leave, it could pave the way for Ennis to take centre stage.
Similarly, Ennis has been in the spotlight, with Plymouth Argyle recently identifying him as a loan target. Manager Ryan Lowe lauded the Wolves academy graduate as a “fantastic footballer and “quality striker” (via Plymouth Herald). With this much potential, the sky is the limit for the Wolverhampton local, who will no doubt have it as his priority to become his team’s star striker.