Wolverhampton Wanderers finally got their first victory of the season on Saturday afternoon as Adama Traore struck a late winner at the London Stadium, sparking wild scenes in the away end and intensifying the growing feeling of discontent at West Ham.
Wolves have enjoyed a promising opening to the season thus far and they finally got their just reward for their solid performances with 3 vital points on Saturday afternoon. Propped up by a fantastic midfield partnership in Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been excellent for the most part without managing to get a win under their belt, so feelings of jubilation arrived in tandem with feelings of relief when Traore slammed home past Fabianski in the dying moments of the game.
Neves once again proved what a complete midfield player he is by dispossessing Carlos Sanchez in the build up to Traore’s goal at the end of a week in which he was linked with a move to Manchester City in a report from Goal.
The manner in which the 21-year-old was able to sense the opportunity to retrieve possession in an immensely promising position would have impressed City as they continue their search for a new central midfield player.
Naturally, Wolves will be desperate to keep hold of the brilliant Neves, but he if eventually decides to complete a switch to either Manchester City or Manchester United during the January transfer window then they will undoubtedly need to sign a replacement.
And one man who should certainly be on their radar in the event of Neves’ departure is Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.
Celtic managed to sign Ntcham from Manchester City last summer in a deal worth a measly £4.5 million, and he has proven to be a bargain acquisition thus far.
The 22-year-old midfielder further enhanced his reputation during the Old Firm derby on Sunday afternoon with a complete display in the centre of the park where he dictated the tempo of proceedings throughout and eventually grabbed the winning goal.
Ntcham is the perfect box-to-box midfielder: he is incredibly athletic, blessed with an extensive range of incisive forward-thinking passing, an excellent reader of the game and a willing ball carrier.
His rapid rate of development since joining the Hoops will ensure that Celtic will be in a position to make a huge profit when they are inevitably forced to sell him to a club playing in a more prestigious league, but he will still represent excellent value for Wolves in their search for a Neves replacement.
There’s no doubt Wolves will do everything they can to keep Neves at Molineux for the long-term, but they must have a contingency plan in place to prepare for his potential departure and signing Ntcham should be central to that plan.
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