Tim Spiers has dropped a worrying Wolves transfer update on both Rayan Ait-Nouri and Vitinha.
The Lowdown: Fans want Ait-Nouri and Vitinha
Ait-Nouri and Vitinha were only on loan at the Midlands club in the 2020/21 season, and so have returned to their respective teams ahead of the new term.
The Latest: Spiers update
Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Spiers has shared that the deadline has passed for the Wanderers to sign Ait-Nouri permanently for £20m, and that they are looking at other options in the left-back position in case Ruben Vinagre moves on.
The football journalist also claimed that WWFC have not taken up the option to sign Vitinha on a permanent transfer as they were not convinced by his displays in the last campaign, and that they are looking across the market to see which other players may be available that can play in his role.
The Verdict: Worrying
Given that both players are seemingly fans favourites, it is certainly worrying that Wolves may not take the option not to sign even one of them, let alone both.
Ait-Nouri made a great impression in his relatively short spell in the Midlands, ranking highly among his teammates in terms of average tackles (1.4), key passes (0.7), dribbles (1.2), pass success (86.1%) and crosses (0.6) a match in the Premier League (Whoscored).
Should Wolves have signed Ait-Nouri?
Vitinha also had the highest pass success percentage (90.3%) out of any of his teammates to have played 10 or more matches in the top flight last season, which is impressive considering the way that he plays on the front foot (Whoscored), and so should be a player that the Molineux side should be thinking a lot more about signing permanently.
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