Wolverhampton Wanderers faced their toughest test of the season so far as they welcomed Manchester City to Molineux at the weekend.
Despite cruising to the Championship title last season, Wolves have endured a difficult start to life in the Premier League. A late Raul Jimenez header handed his side a point on the opening day against ten-men Everton before they were comfortably beaten by Leicester thanks to goals from James Maddison and a Matt Doherty own-goal. Things did not get any easier with Pep Guardiola’s in-form Manchester City making the trip to the Black Country, though Wolves certainly dealt with the Premier League champions well.
The transfer window may be shut, but Nuno Espirito Santo could still explore the free agent market to help get his season back on track. One man he could target is former Sporting Lisbon midfielder – Miguel Veloso.
Valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, the 32-year-old is without a club after leaving Genoa in the summer. The former Portugal international made 22 appearances in the Serie A last season, scoring just one goal. Bringing him to Molineux this summer makes perfect sense.
Veloso is represented by Jorge Mendes who has close ties to the club which would give them the advantage in the race for his signature. The midfielder would have no trouble settling into life at Molineux due to the vast amount of Portuguese players already at the club. Veloso would slot in seamlessly along £5m signing, Joao Moutinho, as the pair climbed the youth ranks at Sporting Lisbon together.
The 56-cap Portugal international has won trophies in Portugal and Ukraine and would add some much-needed protection to the Wolves back line as he averaged 1.8 interceptions per game last season. Veloso would also compliment Ruben Neves perfectly in the engine room as he averaged four successful long balls per game in the Serie A last season (WhoScored).
Available for nothing – this one should be a no-brainer for Espirito Santo.
Wolves fans, thoughts?