Wolves completed the signing of 20-year-old attacking midfielder Meritan Shabani from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day.
The club’s official website wolves.co.uk confirmed the news yesterday evening, with the player signing a three-year contract and set to join up with Rob Edwards’ under-23 squad initially.
Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell said of Shabani: “He’s a really talented individual, who is very excited. He has huge potential to assist and score goals, and very pleasing on the eye in terms of his movement.” [via wolves.co.uk]
He also made his mark for the club’s under-19 side in last season’s UEFA Youth League, netting three times in four games in the competition.
The same scout report added that he charges at defenders at pace, draws defenders with him with his movement to create space to play through balls in behind and makes well-timed runs into the penalty area to get on the end of scoring opportunities.
Another trait that Shabani can call upon is his versatility. While he is predominantly an attacking midfielder, he can also play in a deeper central midfield role, as a right winger or even as a centre-forward (via Transfermarkt).
There is an opening in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first team squad for a genuine attacking midfielder, with Joao Moutinho and Morgan Gibbs-White capable of playing in this role but more at home in the centre of midfield.
Nuno has given first team minutes to several players from Wolves’ current under-23 squad, with Max Kilman, Elliot Watt and Benny Ashley-Seal all featuring last season, albeit very sporadically.
Gibbs-White has shown that the Wolves manager is open to giving players from the club’s academy a sustained run in the first team if he feels they are good enough, with the teenager making 31 appearances in 2018/19.
There is encouragement for Shabani that he could get first team opportunities if he performs well enough at under-23 level and his record for Bayern’s youth and reserve teams has been decent. Wolves seem to have pulled off a nice coup with the signing of this youngster.
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