Wolves striker Bright Enobakhare has signed a new one-year contract with Wolves but will not play for the club this season.
Wolves.co.uk confirmed on Thursday evening that the 21-year-old striker has joined Wigan on loan for the 2019/20 campaign after agreeing a new deal at Molineux.
The club’s sporting director Kevin Thelwell said: “We’re really pleased to tie Bright down to an extended deal and also pleased to give him the opportunity to go and play in the Championship.
“We all recognise that he’s a player that’s got great potential and hopefully this gives him a platform to prove that he’s capable of making the next step into the Premier League, by doing well for Wigan.” [via Wolves.co.uk].
His time with Kilmarnock was not a success, failing to score in six appearances in the Scottish Premiership, although he found the net six times in 18 games during his spell at Coventry in League One.
The striker has prior experience of the Championship, having played 41 times in the division for Wolves prior to their promotion to the top flight in 2018.
However, Enobakhare has scored just once in the second tier and did not feature for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team last season prior to his two loan moves.
His scoring record of one in three matches in League One makes for rather unfavourable reading when compared with the averages of Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota at Premier League level last season. The former scored 17 times in 44 matches for Wolves in 2018/19, one goal every 2.59 games.
Jota’s record of 10 goals in 37 appearances, one per 3.7 games, is better than Enobakhare’s six in 24 games (one every four games) over the full season.
Also, Nuno has reinforced his attacking options recently with the signing of Patrick Cutrone from AC Milan, although the Italy striker’s scoring record of 13 goals in 63 Serie A games (one every 4.85 games) is not as good as his fellow Wolves strikers.
With Jimenez and Jota scoring so regularly for Wolves last season, and the Mexico striker on target twice in the 4-0 win away to Pyunik Yerevan last night, Enobakhare was already facing stiff competition for a place in the side before Cutrone’s arrival.
The 21-year-old striker’s scoring return for Kilmarnock and Coventry does not suggest that he is yet at a level to thrive in the Premier League, so it makes sense for him to try his luck again in the Championship.
His new deal at Wolves is a show of faith in him by the club, but he will likely need to increase his scoring return on loan at Wigan this season if he is to ever forge his way into the first-team reckoning at Molineux.
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