Wolves defender Jesus Vallejo, who came to the club on a season-long deal in July, could see his loan move being cut short.
Spanish publication DefensaCentral have claimed that his parent club Real Madrid are concerned about the lack of game-time he has been getting at Molineux and are considering recalling him in January.
According to DefensaCentral, Real Madrid’s preference is for the 22-year-old to spend time on loan at another club in Spain once his time at Wolves comes to an end.
Vallejo came to Wolves in the summer with the experience of 19 Real Madrid games behind him, but he has struggled to make an impact at Molineux.
He started in three of their Europa League qualifying games in August but has not played in the group stage, while he has been restricted to just two Premier League appearances, one of which came as a substitute. [via TransferMarkt]
Even with Willy Boly out since October with a fractured fibula and Ryan Bennett also missing games in the last month due to a groin strain, the Spaniard has not been considered for selection in the Premier League or Europe lately.
Instead, midfielders Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker and right-back Matt Doherty have all been tried at centre-back, while fellow 22-year-old central defender Max Kilman was chosen ahead of Vallejo for both games against Slovan Bratislava.
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In his only Premier League start – the 2-5 defeat to Chelsea in September – Matt Maher of the Express & Star said that he “looked ponderous” and that “his composure departed” in the face of continued pressure from the Blues.
On that day at Molineux, Vallejo gave the ball away 16 times from his total of 59 passes – his 72.9% accuracy rate the lowest of any Wolves outfield player to start that game – while he has won five aerial duels across his two Premier League appearances this season.
By contrast, Kilman ended the Europa League double header against Slovan Bratislava with passing success rates of 88.9% and 90.7%, as well as winning four aerial duels in both games. [via WhoScored]
With Nuno Espirito Santo preferring to deploy some players out of their most familiar positions instead of playing a natural centre-back in Vallejo in recent games, things aren’t looking all too great for the 22-year-old at Molineux.
The strong displays from the rising prospect Kilman could serve only to nudge him further down the pecking order and, unless Vallejo’s fortunes change drastically in the near future, Wolves may be content to end his loan spell early if Real Madrid come calling, as they know they have another centre-back in Kilman who is capable of making the step up.
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