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Wolves could introduce valuable experience with extremely clever summer addition

According to Wales Online, Wolves are amongst the favourites to sign Swansea centre-back Alfie Mawson during this transfer window.

Carlos Carvalhal’s ‘new manager bounce’ wasn’t quite enough to keep Swansea up last season and now the Championship-bound Welsh outfit are facing losing many of their key players who are attracting top flight interest.

Chief amongst these names is Alfie Mawson, a centre-back who, despite Swansea’s wretched campaign last season, impressed so much individually he was at one point on the fringes of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

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Mawson was named in a squad for some World Cup warm-up friendlies in March but didn’t make it out onto the pitch to secure his first cap. The 24-year-old’s time to shine for the Three Lions is surely not far away, but only if the Englishman can find his was back to the Premier League soon.

Wolves could be that way back, and they would be a great fit for him.

Molineux boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, has instilled a progressive style of play within his squad which Mawson’s technical excellence in playing out from the back would suit perfectly. 

Mawson is comfortable with the ball at his feet and his ability to initiate moves from inside his own defensive third could be the foundations upon which Wolves are able to maintain their current playing identity as a Premier League side.

Not only that, but Mawson would add steel and top flight experience to the Wanderers’ back line and defensive strength in depth is crucial for surviving, and thriving, at the top level. 

West Ham are also said to be very interested in Mawson, but the centre-back’s ambitious ball playing and attacking intent would be a better fit in this Wolves side who look set to take the Premier League by storm. 

Transfermarkt value Mawson at £13.5 million, and if Nuno could bring his man in for anything like that figure then Wolves fans will have every reason to feel confident ahead of their return to the top table this season. 

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