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Wolves: Roderick Miranda joins Famalicao on loan for the season

Wolves: Roderick Miranda joins Famalicao on loan for the season

Wolves defender Roderick Miranda will spend the remainder of the 2019/20 season on loan in his native Portugal.

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Birmingham Live reported that the club agreed a season-long loan deal with Primeira Liga outfit Famalicao for the 28-year-old centre-back.

This is the second season in a row in which Miranda has been loaned out by Wolves, having spent the 2018/19 season at Greek side Olympiakos.

Birmingham Live added that the defender travelled to Asia with Nuno Espirito Santo’s first team squad in pre-season but did not feature in any of their matches.

Miranda signed for Wolves in June 2017 from Rio Ave on a four-year contract, as reported by BBC, and featured 19 times in all competitions during the club’s promotion-winning 2017/18 campaign.

However, after playing in each of their first 14 Championship games that season, he featured in only three more after October and has not played for Wolves since their final day win over Sunderland at the end of that campaign. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]

Miranda wasn’t a fixed presence in Olympiakos’ line-up last season, either, making just 20 appearances in all competitions and featuring only eight times in the league.

In his time at Wolves, the defender had a 78.3% passing success rate and won 2.8 aerial duels and 2.2 tackles per game, as well as making 1.3 interceptions and 5.6 clearances per match. [via WhoScored.com]

That passing success rate is only slightly lower than the 78.8% posted by fellow centre-back Willy Boly so far this season and better than Ryan Bennett’s 76.3% and Conor Coady’s 72.8%.

Boly and Bennett both surpass his aerial duels average, with 5.5 and 3.5 per game respectively in 2019/20, although Coady’s match average of two successful aerial duels is notably inferior.

Boly has had by far the best tackling average of Wolves’ centre-backs this season, winning three per game, but Miranda’s average at the club is still better than the figures posted so far this term by Coady (1.8 tackles per game) and Bennett (one tackle per game).

While Miranda hasn’t even been named in a matchday squad by Nuno this season, summer loan signing Jesus Vallejo started three games in Europa League qualifying, indicating that he had immediately gone ahead of the Portuguese defender in the centre-back pecking order.

With Miranda playing no part at all for Wolves in pre-season or in the early weeks of the campaign, his chances of getting gametime at Molineux in 2019/20 seemed remote.

However, his statistics suggest that he could have done a decent job if he had been called upon and Wolves are now operating with only four centre-backs in their senior squad – and Boly will be suspended for their next Premier League game after being sent off at Everton yesterday.

Miranda may feel that he deserved more of a chance at Wolves this season and the club’s decision to let him leave seems a risky one given the sparsity of cover at centre-back and the addition of Europa League group stage football to their calendar.

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