Wolves completed the signing of Azerbaijan striker Renat Dadashov from Portuguese club Estoril yesterday, but he will not feature at Molineux this season.
BBC reported that the Premier League club had signed the 20-year-old but he will instantly return to Portugal for a season-long loan deal with Pacos de Ferreira.
BBC quoted Wolves sporting director Kevin Thelwell as saying: “Renat is an exciting prospect. When working in the transfer window, we are not only focused on the present but also the future, and in Renat, I’m very hopeful we have secured a signing who will develop into a fantastic footballer in the future.”
Dadashov stands to make history as the first Azerbaijani player to feature in the Premier League, assuming he plays for Wolves upon the end of his loan move and they are still a top-flight club.
The Germany-born striker represented the country of his birth at underage groups but has since switched to the nation of his parents for senior level.
Having been a prolific scorer at underage levels for RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt, he joined Estoril in Portugal last summer and scored four goals in 27 games for the club. In total, he had 1,230 minutes of action last season, which works out at one goal per 307.5 minutes.
However, he only made seven league starts for Estoril and played just three 90-minute league matches, while also being sent off twice. Also, his most recent goal came last December against Farense, with 11 subsequent league appearances yielding zero return.
Wolves’ two main strikers Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota netted 17 and 10 goals respectively in 2018/19. Jimenez notched his tally in 3,550 minutes of game-time, one goal per 208.8 minutes, while Jota reached double figures with 2,630 minutes of action, one goal per 263 minutes.
Leo Bonatini scored once for Wolves last season in 291 minutes on the field, while on-loan strikers Bright Enobakhare and Rafa Mir ended the campaign with six goals in 1,674 minutes (one per 279 minutes) and seven goals in 1,650 minutes (one per 235.7 minutes) respectively.
The Azerbaijan striker’s goal ratio is not an altogether prolific one, especially when it came in the Portuguese second tier, and is inferior to all five forwards mentioned above.
Both Jimenez and Jota recorded much better goal ratios in the Premier League, which is ranked five places higher than Portugal’s Primeira Liga in UEFA’s association club coefficient.
Therefore, allowing Dadashov to spend another season in Portugal to further his development is a sensible move from Wolves, who will hope to get back a more prolific and disciplined striker next summer.
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