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Wolves: Meritan Shabani signs from Bayern Munich

Wolves: Meritan Shabani signs from Bayern Munich - Wolves

Wolves completed the signing of 20-year-old attacking midfielder Meritan Shabani from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day.

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The club’s official website 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]

Shabani, a Germany under-20 international, is a product of Bayern’s youth academy and featured regularly for the club’s second team last season.

He ended the campaign with six goals and seven assists from 27 appearances (0.22 goals and 0.26 assists per game) as Bayern Munich II were promoted to the 3. Liga, the third tier of German football.

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 20-year-old has featured for Bayern’s first team but that exposure is limited to three games and a grand total of 58 minutes.

A scout report of Shabani on Bavarian Football Works alluded to his strength, pace and defensive work rate, while also describing him as “a bona fide finisher with both feet“.

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.

Wolves fans, can you see Shabani being given a chance in the first team this season? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

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