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Transfer Scenario: Wolves and Alhassan Yusuf

This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.

Wolves sent scouts to watch teenage midfielder Alhassan Yusuf in action for IFK Gothenburg in their Swedish Allsvenskan game against Sirius at the weekend, as reported by Aftonbladet.

According to Aftonbladet, scouts from Wolves sat with the player’s advisor at the club’s Ullevi home, with other clubs also reportedly interested in the 19-year-old.

Aftonbladet claimed that Anderlecht, Ajax and Watford had all shown an interest in Yusuf during the summer, with IFK Gothenburg’s assistant director of football Pontus Farnerud also confirming Wolves’ interest in the teenager.

When asked by Aftonbladet about the prospect of a move to Wolves, the midfielder seemed quite open to the idea, describing it as “a good opportunity”.

Speaking about Wolves’ interest in him, Yusuf told Aftonbladet: “It is huge for me. It feels very good to be like this when you have played well.”

He added: “I feel ready any moment now if something concrete turns up. Then you have to make the best of the situation.”

If Wolves follow through on their reported interest and manage to lure Yusuf to Wolves, the move will likely have some consequences for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side:

Plenty of youthful promise in midfield but little goal return

According to Score Nigeria, Yusuf was rated by Aftonbladet as the top teenage talent in the Swedish top flight and has attracted interest from clubs like Barcelona and Ajax.

IFK Gothenburg have shown plenty of faith in him by handing him 18 appearances so far this season, according to TransferMarkt.co.uk, although the central midfielder is not exactly a goal machine.

He has yet to score for his current club and has provided just one assist in 2019, a less than spectacular return for a midfield player.

Probable need for patience with work permit requirements

Even if Wolves sign Yusuf in the next few months, they might not be able to utilise the midfielder’s talents for another while yet.

According to Aftonbladet, a potential deal for the player could be complicated by the need to obtain a work permit to play in English football.

As noted by visalogic.net, a player must have featured in at least 75% of his country’s senior competitive international matches in which they are available in the two years prior to applying for a UK work permit – Yusuf has never played for Nigeria’s senior side. Therefore, he would likely need to be loaned out by Wolves before being eligible to play for them.

Another obstacle for Morgan Gibbs-White

Wolves already have another 19-year-old central midfielder in their ranks in Morgan Gibbs-White, but the teenager has struggled to hold down a place in the first XI at Molineux.

He started just five Premier League games last season and has had only one league start so far in 2019/20, while he failed to make it off the bench in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

It has been more than two and a half years since his senior debut for Wolves but he has struggled to make an impact when called upon – a return of one goal in 60 first-team appearances does not make good reading, and the England under-21 international could find it even harder to get his place if he fails to kick on and if Yusuf joins Wolves.

Wolves fans, what potential consequences can you foresee if the club sign Yusuf? Comment below with your views!


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