Despite spending a record £ 35million to bring 18-year-old Fabio Silva to the club in the summer transfer window, an injury suddenly left Wolves severely short of firepower.
Silva was clearly brought in as Raul Jimenez’s eventual heir. The 29-year-old has caused a stir since his first loan at Molineux in 2018, scoring 47 goals in 110 games for the club. However, a fractured skull suffered against Arsenal has left him out of action for the foreseeable future, while Wolves look a bit helpless in the final third.
It’s an abnormal injury and a complete accident that simply cannot be blamed on anyone, although Wolves’ decision to play the risky game and enter the season without a Big Plan B may be called into question.
Here’s who Nuno Espirito Santo’s team should target during the January transfer window.
It’s hard do not make a cliché when discussing the January transfer window because, frankly, getting a good deal is difficult.
Liverpool as the defending Premier League champions are unlikely to pass Divock Origi to another club in the upper half of the league, but they could move for the right price given they could use the money to fund their own defensive coverage agreements.
Origi has a proven track record in the Premier League, more experienced than Silva and can score when trusted. He is also versatile, which is essential in the dynamic attack of wolves.
Maxi Gomez signed with Valencia in 2019 and is said to excel in the Premier League thanks to his physical qualities.
The 24-year-old excels in the heist game, tying the midfielder into attack and can finish the ball on the ground and in the air. And if he lacks the rhythm that could be desired as a change of speed, the Wolves have around him which makes up for it enough.
The problem? A £ 125million release clause. Negotiations could be difficult despite Valencia’s financial problems.
The man who seemed destined for a move to England in 2016/17, Andrea Belotti’s move never happened and many forgot him completely.
This does not mean, however, that he is not a candidate. Belotti has rediscovered his prolific form over the past two seasons in a struggling Turin side and is now reportedly available at a more affordable price than in previous seasons.
And at 27, he’s an ideal age to bridge the gap between Jimenez and Silva.
The strikers are simply no more physically imposing than Wout Weghorst.
Man is a genetic monster as Scott Steiner would suggest; His six-foot-six frame puts him in a good position to be a WWE Champion, let alone a Premier League caliber footballer. And while being so tall might hint at him being limited elsewhere, the Dutchman is a complete striker.
A solid hold-up, technical ability and a ruthless finisher behind the defense, Weghorst may well bond with Wolves’ delicate dribblers and passers.
Real Madrid outcast Luka Jovic has been linked with almost every club in need of an additional striker lately which means Wolves are now in the hat as well.
Don’t be fooled, however. Jovic struggled in the Spanish capital, but the form that got him there first is why he’s still highly regarded; a short stay in Molineux could be the ideal spell to find regular minutes and gain confidence. It’s a big job, however, and the 23-year-old would have little time to settle in, but the deal seems possible.
January ultimate deal, Diego Costa tearing up his Atletico Madrid contract means move to Molineux is surely a match made in heaven.
The 32-year-old has a proven track record in the Premier League, adds invaluable experience and can be brought in for free. If Wolves can look past a questionable disciplinary record, they could take a seriously deadly attacker for nothing and close the gap seamlessly.
Costa would bring complete balance (and a bit of chaos) to the force that is Nuno’s Wolves.