Wolverhampton Wanderers were outstanding last season; Nuno Espirito Santo’s side surprised many onlookers with their performances in the Premier League.
Although a number of the Molineux faithful may not have been too shocked with what their club was able to achieve, it was still some feat for them to be able to pull off.
However, following an impressive year, the pressure and expectations around the club are surely going to start to mount and there will be many looking at the Wolves side to build on their success and continue to challenge the dynamic within the top-flight.
The additions the club made in the summer played a huge role in helping Nuno’s side finish in seventh, with the likes of Raul Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio and Leander Dendoncker all playing significant roles as the campaign waltzed on.
However, Wolves were linked with one player in that transfer window that did not make the move to Molineux and, in hindsight, it could allow them to feel rather fortunate it did not happen.
According to a report by French media publication L’Equipe, the Wanderers were interested in signing Goncalo Guedes from Paris-Saint Germain after an impressive loan spell at Valencia.
It was claimed that the Ligue 1 outfit wanted a fee in the region of €60million (£52.6m) to allow him to leave permanently, although Sky Sports revealed he joined the La Liga giants for around £36m.
As mentioned, Guedes had a rather exceptional debut season with Los Che last year, helping them make a long-awaited return to the Champions League with six goals and 11 assists in La Liga.
However, what a difference 12 months can make in football for a player and the Portugal international found out the hard way.
After completing a permanent move, the 22-year-old has looked a shadow of himself and has made Valencia’s £34m transfer look rather costly. Although he has netted five times, he has only managed to provide his team-mates with three assists in his 24 La Liga appearances so far.
Injuries have blighted him at the Mestalla this year, whilst he was also involved in a car crash just days ago when his Ferrari collided with a motorbike (JM Madiera), although he only suffered a non-serious cut to his leg (talkSPORT). Lucky, lucky boy!
Left-wing options may have been limited for Nuno this season with Ivan Cavaleiro hardly cutting the grade, and an area that needs reinforcing in the summer, but you could still say Fosun did themselves a favour by not splashing out on Guedes and dodged themselves a rather expensive bullet.
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