Wolves have reportedly renewed their interest in Lazio defender Wallace, but face a significant obstacle in trying to sign the 24-year-old.
In late July, Nuno Espirito Santo reinforced his centre-back options with the loan signing of Jesus Vallejo from Real Madrid.
Like Wallace, the 22-year-old Spain underage international found club appearances limited last season, featuring in only five La Liga games, but he did record a passing success rate of 87.8% in La Liga and 91.7% for his country in their European Under-21 Championship triumph in June. He also had a slightly better average than Wallace for tackles per game with 1.2, compared to the Brazilian’s 1.1.
Wallace performs better than Vallejo for interceptions per game, though, with the Spaniard averaging 1.4. The Lazio man also has the edge in terms of aerial duels, winning 1.7 per game to Vallejo’s 0.6. Both players still fall well short of Boly (3.8) and Bennett (3.6) for this metric.
The arrival of Vallejo from Real Madrid has lessened Nuno’s need to sign a centre-back, but Wallace’s ball-playing ability and aptitude for stifling opposition attacks should strengthen Wolves defensively if they were to sign him.
Unfortunately for Wolves, the work permit hurdle seems a massive one to clear ahead of tomorrow’s 5pm deadline, which is a shame as Wallace seems like he would have been an ideal addition to their defence.
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