Bruno Lage’s start to life as Wolves manager hasn’t been an easy one.
The Portuguese coach hasn’t been able to spend too freely in the transfer market and then oversaw a defeat during his first competitive game in the hot seat.
What’s the word?
If Wolves’ 1-0 loss to Leicester on Saturday told us anything, it’s that the Old Gold still desperately need to bring in some new faces in the transfer market.
Fortunately, Fosun are planning on doing exactly that.
According to Sky Sports, the Molineux outfit are keen on signing two defenders based in Italy; Takehiro Tomiyasu at Bologna and Nikola Milenkovic at Fiorentina.
Should Wolves sign Milenkovic?
With Tomiyasu preferring a move to Spurs, we want to focus on the latter, a Serbian centre-half who Wolves have reportedly made an enquiry to sign.
After Wolves had to field Max Kilman and Romain Saiss at centre-back on Saturday afternoon, it’s evident that Lage is in need of some more recruits.
The versatile Moroccan hasn’t been at his best for a while now as he threw in some poor individual displays last season.
Sadly, he wasn’t really at the races in pre-season either, putting in a dismal showing against Celta Vigo where he gave away a penalty.
Signing Milenkovic, therefore, would give them an instant upgrade.
Speaking about the colossal 6 foot 5 defender in the past, journalist Dejan Stankovic compared him to one of the best we’ve ever seen in the Premier League.
“Milenkovic is better than Vidic with the ball at his feet, and he is much calmer on the field,” Stankovic began. “He is the most talented centre-back Serbia have had since Vidic, and they definitely have one thing in common – both are fearless.”
That’s quite the appraisal for a player who’s caught the eye in Serie A. He won three aerial duels per game last term while completing 86% of his passes.
Both statistics were greater than Saiss who succeeded with 81.2% of his passes and won 2.6 aerial duels a match.
He’s proven to be somewhat of a liability over the last 12 months and if Wolves have desires of breaking into the top half of the table again, they will need to find a suitable alternative.
Milenkovic should be that man.
AND in other news, Forget Jimenez: £46k-p/w “magnificent” gem who won 16 duels stole the show for Wolves…