According to recent reports from talkSPORT, the Old Gold – along with Nottingham Forest and Everton – are keen on signing the 22-year-old, who has been on loan with Lyon in France since the Russian invasion of Ukraine brought a halt to football in the country.
It is easy to see why Tete is attracting Premier League interest, given he has contributed six goals and two assists in 17 Ligue 1 appearances so far this term, averaging a strong 6.92 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Considering that this haul would make him both the top scorer and joint-top performer in Wolves’ squad according to WhoScored, it is easy to see why Lopetegui is reportedly keen on bringing the young “hurricane” – as described by Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin – to Molineux this month.
Although Lopetegui has improved Wolves’ standing in the English top flight, their struggles in front of goal have continued as they are still the lowest scorers in the division, so adding a greater goal threat should be a matter of priority for the manager.
While he has brought in Matheus Cunha and Pablo Sarabia so far in January, they had both failed to score in the first half of the season with Atletico Madrid and PSG respectively, which suggests that a goalscoring winger such as Tete could still provide a big boost for the Old Gold this month.
In light of those recent additions, it appears that Hwang could be one player to lose his regular spot in Lopetegui’s side. The South Korea international has struggled for consistency since his move from RB Leipzig, as he has contributed just six goals and four assists in 52 appearances for Wolves – indeed, four of those goals came prior to November 2021.
The 26-year-old has averaged a mediocre 6.20 rating from WhoScored for his performances in the Premier League this season and has also contributed far fewer shots (0.4 vs 1.8), key passes (0.4 vs 0.6) and dribbles (0.4 vs 1.2) per game when compared to Tete.
Therefore, it seems clear that the Lyon loanee would be a big upgrade at Molineux, and considering that Wolves are still in a relegation battle this season, their sporting director Matt Hobbs should definitely look at bringing Tete in this month.