Thursday 1 October 2020

What do Wolverhampton Wanderers need in the transfer market?

Having missed out on UEFA Champions League football and gone out of the UEFA Europa League in bitter circumstances, Wolverhampton Wanderers are facing a summer of introspection. The club has already seen some moves come into focus, with Matt Doherty making a move to Tottenham Hotspur. It leaves Nuno Espirito Santo and Wolves with some transfer market work to do – so where should we expect to see new faces arriving?

The first place to expect a new signing to arrive is for the right wing-back position. Doherty has left, leaving the club with a gaping hole on the right side. One player who is being heavily linked is Valencia full-back Thierry Correia. He has been linked heavily, and his Portuguese nationality means that he fits in with the general signing policy at Molineux in the last few years.

Another interesting player being linked, though, is Arsenal wing-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Having improved in the last few months, though, it might be hard to prise away an academy graduate from Arsenal. He is seen as the preferred option for Nuno, though, and unlike Correa would be expected to come right into the first-team from week one.

Outside of the wing back position, though, Wolves are thought to be looking at central midfield. The most common name being linked is Morgan Sanson, the Marseille midfielder who is regularly linked with a move to come to Wolves. However, the 26-year-old is also interesting other clubs who can offer UEFA Champions League football – including his current employers.

One name who was also linked was Abdoulaye Doucoure. The Frenchman appears to want a move to Everton, and looks unlikely to accept a move elsewhere. For now, though, Wolves look certain to strengthen on the right-hand side of defence and midfield, both centrally and in the wide areas.