With Europa League football on the horizon, Wolverhampton Wanderers might need more options next season.
Nuno Espirito Santo managed to use just 19 players in the Premier League last year (club’s official website) as they were able to stay relatively injury free and keep the momentum they were building going in an upward trajectory.
However, with just Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly his main centre-back options and not much depth behind them, perhaps there is room for new additions.
It is claimed a club official headed out to America to try and convince Club America’s Edson Alvarez to join them this summer amid interest from Ajax, West Ham United and Crystal Palace.
The 21-year-old is already a full international with Mexico and has been performing to a high standard in the Gold Cup this summer – a tournament he helped his country win with a 1-0 victory against the United States of America after starting all five games (Fox Sports).
As mentioned, Wolves currently lack depth at the back and with their favoured three-at-the-back approach (WhoScored), should one of their main trio get injured, Nuno’s side could be in trouble, whilst the addition of European football could also take its toll on the team.
Alvarez is a talented and versatile individual, as Transfermarkt points out, he can play almost everywhere across the backline and as a defensive midfielder – a position where he earned glowing reviews by Viva Liga MX as they raved about his tackling and passing abilities.
Even when looking at solely his international career (WhoScored compiled stats from his involvement in last year’s World Cup, international friendlies and the 2019 Gold Cup), it’s clear to see he can make an impact. Averaging 1.8 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per 90 mins, he beats both Bennett (1.7, 1.3) and Coady (0.8 on both counts) in those areas.
Earlier reports by Record (via Sport Witness) have suggested that the highest bidder will win the 21-year-old’s signature, with Club America wanting a transfer fee of around $17million (£13.6m) for him; a price that could prove to be a bargain in the future based on all of the above.
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