Wolves Transfers

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Wolves Transfers (Incoming):

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Raul Jimenez ($43M): Jimenez initially came to Watford on the back of a paid loan ($3.5M) from Benfica. The deal came with a buyout clause inserted before the initial loan deal was finalized. Activating the purchase clause makes Jimenez the club’s most expensive transfer (surpassing Adama Traore who was purchased last season). Jiminez made 44 total appearances for the club providing 17 goals as well as eight assists. The other great thing (for Wolves) is that Jimenez’s scoring came against quality opponents including; Liverpool, Watford, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Spurs. While this is an expensive signing (obviously, the most expensive signing in their history), I think it’s going to be a fantastic signing for the club.

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Patrick Cutrone ($20.5M Transfer from AC Milan): Cutrone came up through AC Milan’s youth system and has moved into a first-team role with them. He would make 34 appearances in the Serie A, although he would average only about 40 minutes. He provided three goals and two assists for the side despite some rather inconsistent performances. I expect him to have a much larger role in this Wolves side, likely as more of a playmaker. Cutrone is still young, but I think the potential is remarkable. I think this is a great signing for Wolves and should help bolster the Wolves ranks. 

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Leander Dendocker ($15.5M): Dendoncker was an RSC Anderlecht youth product making over 170 appearances for the Belgian club. Dendoncker’s first stint with Watford came on a paid loan ($1.75M) from Anderlecht. This loan deal included an option to purchase the player (just like Jimenez’s loan). During his Watford season on loan, he made 19 appearances with two goals during the season. His season got off to a slow start getting acclimated, but he would play the majority of the minutes from Week 22 and beyond. For RSC Anderlecht he played a fair amount at the central defender position, however, for Wolves he’s appeared exclusively as a midfielder (in both central and defensive roles). With Wolves, his responsibilities have been primarily defensive. As a result, he’s averaged almost three successful tackles, more than one interception, and nearly two clearances per game. However, in addition, he’s practically provided at least one shot per game and a half a key pass per game.

Wolves TransfersFlávio Cristóvão (Free Transfer from Aves): I think Cristóvão is a bit of a gamble as he’s joining from the Portuguese side, Aves where he made three appearances for the U23 team. He’s been signed for the Wolves U23 for the short-term and will have to perform much better if he has hopes of making the Senior side.

 

 

 

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Jésus Vallejo (Loan from Real Madrid): Vallejo joins the club on loan from Real Madrid. The young center-back rose through the Real Zaragoza youth system before being purchased by Madrid. The center back is coming off of an injury that severely limited his playing time last season. The youngster has already spent time on loan with Eintracht Frankfurt where he made regular appearances. I think he’ll be a good signing that can either play a rotation option or perhaps even a starter depending on how he performs early on. 

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Ming-Yang Yang (Return from Loan):  Yang has been on loan a lower-tier Spanish side, FC Jumilla. He made 30 appearances for the team, averaging 67 minutes per appearance. I do not foresee Yang coming back to the club and playing any substantial role. I think the best he can hope for is reserves soccer and might be better to go on loan to try and earn a new deal elsewhere.

 

 

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Phil Ofosu-Ayeh (Return from Loan): Ofusa-Ayeh has floated from club to club on free transfers for most of his playing career. After signing a three-year deal with Wolves in 2017, his contract is set to expire in 2020. He returned from a 3. Bundesliga spells with both FC Hansa Rostock and Würzburger Kickers although he’d only make a few sparse appearances. As a result of his inability to hold down a spot in a 3. Bundesliga side, I would be surprised if Wolves renew his contract. One caveat though, he did have some injury problems (and a 3-game red card suspension) that may have limited his appearances. Regardless, I think he would need a substantial improvement for the club to renew his contract at his age (27).

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Rafa Mir (Return from Loan/Loan to Nottingham Forest):  The 22-year-old Rafa Mir was bought In January 2018 from Valencia in Lalee got. Since then he went on loan at Las Palmas for an entire season. He would play in La Liga 2 where he would make 30 appearances scoring seven goals along with an assist. Despite making so many appearances, he would only play 1,650 minutes for the club, or an average of 55 minutes per appearance. The player was formerly a member of the U21 Spanish international team, but it remains to be seen if he’ll earn a full international call-up. I think there is an opportunity for the Wolves Transfer to stay with the club this year. However, he would likely play from the bench and would only be a rotation option. Update: Mir was sent on loan to Nottingham Forest on July 30.

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Roderick Miranda (Return from Loan): The Wolves transfer, Miranda, comes to them after a long history with Benfica and a short stint with Rio Ave FC in Portugal. He went on a paid loan (~$600k) to Olympiakos in Greece. As a center back, Miranda would make a total of 20 appearances across all competitions for the Greek team and as a bonus also provided three assists. While with Olympiakos, each of his appearances he would average just over 80 minutes. If he wishes to stay with the Wolves first team, he is going to need to improve and be able to get on the pitch more often.

 

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Sylvain Deslandes (Return from Loan): This Wolves transfer arrived in July 2015 to Wolverhampton. After joining walls, The player would have loan stints at Bury, Portsmouth, and FC Jumilla. His most recent loan stint put him at a lower division Spanish team (approximately the fourth tier). He managed only 12 appearances for the club, And it is unlikely to remain with Wolves beyond his current contract. The player seems to be better suited for lower-division soccer and will likely be released to explore other options.

Wolves Transfers (Outgoing):

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Kortney Hause ($4.5M to Aston Villa): Hause departs wolves after five years with the club for Aston Villa, in the first season back in the Premier League. Hause split his time between wolves and Aston Villa last season, Although the first half of the season spent with wolves was very underwhelming. After moving to join Aston Villa of though he played much better and was an essential part of the promotion-winning side. House played almost every minute for Aston Villa except for a couple of early games and immediately following an injury. You can check out more of how he should fit into the Aston Villa squad by visiting our Aston Villa transfer review.

 

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Michal Zyro (Free Transfer to Korona Kielce): Zyro leaves the club to join the Polish first tier with Korona Kielce. He joined wolves from a Polish team and number of years ago and will now make his return back to Poland to play for his home country. Pretty much all he managed for wolves was a series of loans. He would make ten total appearances across his roughly eight years under contract with the club scoring three goals and providing want to assist. He also featured sparingly for their U23 side where he’d make eight appearances with two assists.

 

 

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Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Free Transfer to Shrewsbury): Eubanks-Landell was a member of the Wolves youth Academy where he graduated to join the wolves first team in July 2010. However, he would be loaned out in 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2019 before ultimately being released to Shrewsberry town in the third tier (League One) in the English System. The center-back did, however, manage to make 50 appearances for Wolves scoring five goals throughout his tenure with the club. Also, he played for the U23 side where he was able to make 54 appearances along with two additional goals. Most of his appearances with the club worry in the lower two years of English soccer, so this move makes perfect sense for both the player and the club.

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Hélder Costa (Loan to Leeds): Costa joined Wolves in January 2017 for just over $17M, on the back of a successful loan the prior-year. Costa would go on to make 30 appearances across all competitions for this wolves Team, Scoring two goals in adding two additional assists. Despite reaching this number of appearances, he managed only 1,529 minutes for an average of 51 minutes per appearance. I don’t think it’s anything against Costa, but the wolves first-team is pretty well-equipped at midfielder/wide-players at this time. Wolves sent him on loan to Championship club Leeds, where he is likely to make the first team consistently. With consistent appearances, he should play lots of minutes and provide substantial production. Costa is 25 and depending on how his loan goes at Leeds; it is likely that he returns to Wolves the following year. When he returns to Wolves, he should play as at least a consistent rotation option.

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Ivan Cavaliero (Loan to Fulham): Cavaliero joined up with Wolves only one season after Benfica sold him to Monaco for $17M. However, luckily for Wolves, they only paid $9 million to bring him into the club in 2016. From his signing with wolves until now, The 25-year-old winger (who also plays striker) appeared in hundred and six matches scoring 19 goals and additionally providing 20 assists. However, most of his appearances for Wolves came in the Championship Era. Despite appearing in 29 games for wolves this season, Providing five goals and two additional assists, he would only manage 984 minutes. This equates to just over a half-hour per appearance for the first team; however, as I talked about with Costa, Wolves is very strong at that position. A loan to Fulham, one season removed from the Premier League, is likely a good sign for the player. It will allow him to battle for additional first-team playing time for Wolves in the Premier League.

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Jack Ruddy (Free Transfer to Ross County): The 21-year-old keeper joined walls in August 2016, But since then has only been sent out on loan. Despite the number of years he spent with the club, he is yet to record a single appearance for walls, with his highest number of appearances coming in league one. His move to Ross County in the Scottish Premiership gives him a brand-new opportunity, where he can jockey for position amongst the three keepers for that side.

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Will Norris (Loan to Ipswich):  Norris served as the third backup goalkeeper for the first team last year, which limited. Officially, he made one appearance for the first team, but it was only for one minute in the closing stages of the game (likely as a time-wasting tactic). Furthermore, he would only make the game-day squad twice, spending the majority of the season with the youth team. Norris should slide in as the first team keeper at Ipswich and see a substantial increase in his playing time for the coming year. He currently has one year left on his Wolves deal, and this could determine whether or not an extension is offered.

Last Updated: July 30, 2019