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Wolves loan watch: Ivan Cavaleiro leading the way away from Molineux

In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.

Today, in our Loan Watch feature, we take a look at three players contracted to Wolves who have been sent out on loan this season. Rafa Mir at Nottingham Forest, Ivan Cavaleiro at Fulham and Leo Bonatini at Vitoria Guimaraes.

RAFA MIR

Centre-forward Rafa Mir has struggled for game time since joining Forest from Wolves, however, he did make his first start in the Championship against Wigan Athletic on the weekend.

The attacker started in a 4-4-2 for Forest, but could only manage a 6.2/10 rating (per WhoScored) and was subsequently substituted on the 55th minute for Lewis Grabban.

So far this season, he has only managed 126 minutes in the league and 180 minutes in the EFL Cup. He is yet to score a goal, though has registered two assists.

The 22-year-old is having to settle for being a utility player at the moment for Forest, who are currently eighth in the league with a game in hand. Indeed, he was hauled on as the Reds chased a point against Hull City recently but was unable to better the 2-1 reversal at the City Ground.

IVAN CAVALEIRO

Winger Ivan Cavaleiro has had a good start to his life at Fulham, even if they haven’t had the start they might’ve wished for.

The 26-year-old played 90 minutes in Fulham’s last match – a 2-0 defeat away at Stoke City.

Playing on the left of midfield in a 3-4-1-2, Cavaleiro scored 6.8 for his performance at Stoke (WhoScored).

It was an average game for a player who is having a good season; four goals and three assists have been tallied from his 12 league games. More recently, he helped the Cottagers beat Luton at home and managed to complete four dribbles against the Hatters as well as registering five key passes in a wonderful attacking performance.

LEO BONATINI

It’s not been an easy start for Bonatini in Portugal; he has only made five appearances since joining the club and he hasn’t been able to register a goal or an assist.

He came on as a substitute in their last match versus Pacos Ferreira, playing 20 minutes in their 1-0 win at home, scoring a 6.2 on WhoScored.

It’s not been a fantastic week for Wolves’ loanees, aside from Cavaleiro, with the other two of them showing any kind of form which would make their home club stand up and notice.

Cavaleiro has been the standout player, but with him already being 26, it’s hard to see him being reinstated when you look at some of Wolves’ current options like Diogo Jota. Fulham do have the option of signing him after the loan spell – so that might be the best option for all parties given his uprise in form.

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Wolves loan watch: Ivan Cavaleiro leading the way away from Molineux
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