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Wolves: Molineux target Benoit Badiashile left out of Monaco squad

Wolves: Molineux target Benoit Badiashile left out of Monaco squad - Wolves

Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile has been omitted from his club’s squad for their pre-season tour of Portugal amid reported interest from Wolves.

French publication L’Equipe reported that the 18-year-old centre-back was not among the 22-man squad for their pre-season games against Braga and FC Porto.

L’Equipe had previously reported [via Get Football News France] that the player was being courted by Wolves for a loan deal with an option to buy, with the same outlet via Birmingham Live claiming that Wolves were preparing a bid of £35million for Badiashile.

Badiashile broke into Monaco’s first team last season, playing 26 times for the Ligue 1 club. He ended the campaign with one goal and one assist to his name.

His profile on WhoScored.com identifies him as an astute passer of the ball and his statistics from last season appear to back that up, with a passing success rate of 89.5%.

That figure was significantly higher than those managed by Wolves’ centre-backs Conor Coady (84.3%), Willy Boly (81%) and Ryan Bennett (79.6%) last season.

Badiashile not only had the best passing accuracy of all those players but also recorded the most passes per game with 54.5, ahead of Boly’s 47.6, Coady’s 44.4 and Bennett’s 39.6.

The Monaco teenager tends to favour short passes, with 48.7 of his 54.5 passes per game being played short (89.4% of total).

Boly played 41.6 short passes per game (87.4% of total), with Bennett recording 33.8 short passes per match (85.4% of total). Coady tends to go longer than the others, with just 33.2 of his 44.4 passes per game being kept short (74.8% of total).

A scout report on Soccersouls referenced Badiashile’s “quick anticipation and ability to read the game to perfection“. He averaged 1.3 tackles and 1.1 interceptions last season in Ligue 1, very respectable figures for a player in his first season at senior level.

He already performs better than Coady in that regard, with the Wolves captain averaging 0.8 per game for both metrics. He still trails Boly (2.4 tackles and two interceptions per game) and Bennett (1.7 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game), but he is more than a decade younger than both of those players, so time is on his side for this aspect of his game to get even better.

Badiashile already looks to be a highly mature and capable centre-back for someone so young. His crisp passing could help Wolves to become even more adept at playing out from the back, with twelve.football alluding to how Nuno Espirito Santo’s team are already comfortable in doing so.

Also, his reading of the play seems to be very pronounced for a teenager, judging by his tackling and interception figures. Although £35m seems a lofty fee to pay for someone with only 26 senior appearances, Badiashile looks like a talent who could bring tremendous intelligence on and off the ball to Wolves’ backline if they were to sign him.

Wolves fans, do you think your club could sign Badiashile in this transfer window and would he improve Nuno’s defence? Let us know your views in the comments section below!


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