Nuno Santo admitted on Friday afternoon that Wolves need to plan better.
The point he was clearly to make is that their squad hasn’t been big enough to deal with the injuries which have plagued their arduous season.
With that in mind, the Old Gold should consider finding greater depth in the summer transfer window.
Wolves have been linked with a number of attacking players to bolster their ranks in a few months’ time. The likes of Trincao, Goncalo Guedes and Lucas Ocampos have all been linked, but Football Insider pundit Noel Whelan seems to think another option would suit Wolves.
He was speaking about the future of Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri, suggesting that Premier League clubs might take a punt on him despite doubting his work rate.
Whelan commented: “He’s got huge talent but it depends on what style of play you’re looking for in a player. Is he going to be a worker and give you that excellent work rate? Probably not. But he’s a luxury player and he’s definitely worth taking a chance on.
“Where would he end up going? You’re probably talking middle of the table. Maybe Wolves, that might suit a player like him. But I doubt the top six would take a chance on him. He’s got a great left foot but he hasn’t been playing regularly. He’s been a bit-part player.”
Shaqiri might be a luxury player and lacks work ethic at times, but with Wolves needing to expand their squad this summer, he’s certainly worth a punt.
Capped 86 times by Switzerland, he possesses plenty of experience and has played for some of the biggest clubs in world football such as Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. He has appeared at numerous major tournaments for his country and is blessed with the ability to create chances at will.
Speaking about the 29-year-old earlier this term, The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce said: “I absolutely love watching him. He’s just a real rare breed, isn’t he, with that ability to create something out of nothing, just incredible intelligence as well as the breathtaking technique.”
The technique Pearce speaks about is one of his most valuable assets. Whether it’s creating a chance with a wonderful pass or scoring a sublime overhead kick, Shaqiri is a phenomenal player when he gets going.
At the same time, however, the £80,000-per-week earner is a huge enigma. After all, the Swiss winger has only scored one goal this season, which came in the Carabao Cup against Lincoln way back in September.
That said, he could add a great deal to a Wolves side who might be missing Pedro Neto at the start of next season.
After the Portugal ace suffered a broken patella, they’ve had to rely on Daniel Podence in wide and central areas. Unfortunately, he’s been rather poor in successive games now.
Podence hasn’t created too much this term, either. Although he has shown flashes of brilliance, he’s only managed 0.8 key passes per match. On that evidence, is it any surprise that Fabio Silva and Willian Jose have only scored four goals between them?
Although he can be inconsistent, he could add a great deal of quality to Nuno’s team this summer if he moves to Molineux. Wolves should consider signing the attacker despite his flaws.