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Wolves: Rafa Mir does not want another loan move

Wolves: Rafa Mir does not want another loan move - Wolves

Wolves striker Rafa Mir is not keen on going out on loan to a club in the Championship, having just come back to Molineux from a loan move.

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Spanish media outlet AS reported that Wolves are looking to loan out the 22-year-old to prospective suitors from the English second tier. However, the player is not interested in dropping down a level and would only consider moving if it is to a team in the top flight.

According to AS, Spanish Segunda Division club Huesca are hopeful of signing the player, but his yearly salary of €1m (£890,000) after tax would be difficult for them to take on.

Mir joined Wolves in January 2018 from Valencia, where he had been given his senior debut by Nuno Espirito Santo.

He played only four first-team games at Molineux, though, before being loaned out to Spanish second-tier club Las Palmas last season.

He ended the campaign with seven goals in 30 appearances for the club (0.23 goals per game) in 1,650 minutes of game-time, averaging a goal every 235.71 minutes, and was a member of Spain’s victorious European Under-21 Championship squad last month.

Writing for Birmingham Live, Alex Dicken described him as a tall, powerful and hardworking striker “with plenty of pace to stretch defenders in behind“.

Mir is among several Wolves strikers hoping to pose a greater challenge to Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota for action next season.

Bright Enobakhare is back at Molineux after loan spells at Kilmarnock and Coventry last season, with a combined total of six goals in 24 games (0.25 per game) spanning 1,674 minutes of game-time (one goal per 279 minutes).

Leo Bonatini played nine games for Wolves last season, scoring once, before a loan switch to Nottingham Forest where he made five appearances without scoring. That averages out at 0.07 per game for the season, his one goal coming in just 449 minutes on the field.

With Wolves playing their first competitive match of the season tonight against Crusaders in Europa League second-round qualifying, a long campaign could beckon for Nuno’s squad.

If they make it to the group stage of that tournament, they will have played at least 12 matches in continental competition in 2019/20 – and that’s without getting to the knockout rounds. Therefore, having forwards to call upon beyond Jimenez and Jota could be very beneficial so that those two aren’t running on empty by mid-season.

Of the chasing pack to the main striking duo, Mir’s statistics reflect the most favourably and the Europa League qualifiers should present the perfect chance for him to show that he can become an important member of Wolves’ squad instead of being shipped out on loan again.

Wolves fans, do you think Nuno should keep Mir in the first team squad for the 2019/20 season? Give us your views in the comments section below!

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