Wolverhampton Wanderers could be facing a mini-crisis at the heart of their defence. During the match against Manchester City last weekend, Nathan Collins was sent off following a terrible knee-high challenge on Jack Grealish.
Wolves lost the match 3-0 and losing a defender to suspension won’t exactly please Bruno Lage going forward, with the club currently short of options that can play at centre back.
Lage will have Max Kilman, Toti, and Yerson Mosquera as his only available defenders following the international break, with the latter two having not even featured this season.
There could well be movement on that front, however, with Lage hinting after the game that he might be adding an extra body to his squad…
When asked about whether he will make a move for another free agent, Lage said:
“When you miss (Willy) Boly, I think we should have the opportunity to find a good centre-back to support these two.
“Let’s see what can happen in the next days. Fifteen days ago I was talking about how it was so important to bring a striker to the team.”
This should please the Molineux faithful and with the club extensively linked with Jason Denayer, he could find himself in the Premier League soon.
The Belgian would be an excellent option for the Old Gold at short notice, even if it wasn’t a long-term deal. He played 15 matches in Ligue 1 for Lyon last season, proving to be an unlikely goal threat by scoring three times.
His ability to successfully pass the ball out from the back and begin attacks would be a big advantage for Lage, with Denayer making 95% of his passes from inside his own half and 94% overall.
The 27-year-old made 1.1 interceptions, and 0.7 tackles and was dribbled past only 0.1 times per match, displaying his strength and defensive acumen to a high standard.
His maturity was also on show throughout the season, with the defender only receiving two cautions and making just 0.5 fouls per match.
The statistics clearly prove he would be an extremely worthwhile addition to a Wolves backline that is falling apart at the seams. Having been described as “powerful” by former Lyon chief of recruitment Florian Maurice, a move would make sense for both parties.
The Belgian needs plenty of game time if he wants to be considered for his nation’s World Cup squad, while Lage is in desperate need of a commanding centre-half.
It’s a win-win for everyone.