3 Wolverhampton Wanderers Future Stars on Football Index
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It’s safe to say that the Portugese revolution in the West Midlands is far from finished, with Nuno Espirito Santo still using his contacts in and around Lisbon to provide him with the latest talent for his young Wolves side.
Although the 2019-20 was a good campaign for Wolves, their incredible form led to expecatation that they should be advancing right through to the finals of the Europa League.
Sevilla proved to be too much of a powerhouse, eliminating Wolves, Man Utd and Inter Milan on their quest to win yet another Europa League.
Today, I will be looking at three Portugese players, which have the potential to push forward & become stars. It’s also important to state that although it’s not based upon Football Index, that’s the reason that we are on the lookout for players.
The players? Ruben Vinagre, Daniel Podence & Pedro Neto.
There were plenty of other players I wanted to discuss, Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves & Bruno Jordao.
Who is Ruben Vinagre?
Vinagre has been a Wolves regular, since signing in 2017. He plays as a left back, and has provided many glimpses of his current ability, in addition to an exciting potential.
He initially signed on loan from Monaco, where he performed well enough to make the move permanent.
He’s only 21 years old, which means that he’s got a lot of time to develop into an all-action wing back. At the moment, he hasn’t actually had much exposure to the Premier League as he’s the understudy for Jonny Castro… another great player.
He’s definitely shown glimpses of what he can do, but he does need to work on his attacking game more. If Wolves want a left back version of Matt Doherty, he needs to start providing more assists.
His Football Index stats look promising, although he’s not yet won any dividends. I don’t hold him yet, but he’s definitely in my watchlist for now. He needs to make the left-back spot his own to be in with a chance on the platform, as 30-40 minutes per game isn’t enough for him to compete.
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Who is Daniel Podence?
Another player which has caught the eye, is Daniel Podence.
Wolves are rumoured to be looking for ways to improve their team, but they don’t have a great transfer budget. One player that could be forced to make way is Adama Traore, who’s started to receive interest from Liverpool & Manchester City.
Podence is the reason why losing Adama wouldn’t destroy the club. Naturally, his raw pace and expolosive power would be a huge loss, but it would enable Wolves to focus on the development of Podence.
The real truth is, Wolves are still working out his real position. In the modern day, footballers are just classified as Wingers… but it’s not as simple as that! I don’t think a player can truly be a left & right winger, unless they are confident with both feet. Even then, we’ve seen plenty of players struggling when they’re rotated between wings.
Podence has played most of his games on the left wing, which is one of the issues with replacing Adama. The issue with the left wing at Wolves, is that Diogo Jota & Pedro Neto are competing for places. He’s too good to be a third option at the club.
All roads do point towards Podence developing as a complete right winger, there’s no backup right winger at the club now that Helder Costa has left.
Who is Pedro Neto?
Pedro Neto is a fine example from Braga’s Youth system, a classic hard working winger.
He initially moved to Lazio on loan, where he managed just a single game. This was seemingly enough for Wolves, who snapped him up in the Summer of 2019.
He wasn’t purchased as a backup player, immediately leaving his mark when he scored a goal in the Europa League less than a fortnight after signing.
He’s an exciting player, but relatively raw. He doesn’t have a handful of experience, which at 20 years of age some players have considerable achievements.
He’s probably not going to advance and have a career like Cristiano Ronaldo, but I could definitely see him having a good International Career.
He’s interestingly priced on Football Index, but he’s not at a price which I would invest at just yet. He’s £1.85, but there’s some proven dividend winners that are around this price.
He’s a great punt for the future though, so we don’t blame you if you’re holding for capital appreciation.
Wolves Scout Report: Conclusion
We are always interested with the players that Wolves sign, or even bring through their youth academy.
There’s plenty of players that haven’t been discussed, such as Leander Dendoncker and Morgan Gibbs-White.
However, it’s also easy to forget that players such as Ruben Neves & Diogo Jota are only 23 years old, still fairly young with plenty of career development. They’re a highly exciting team.
Who do you rate in the Wolves squad?