Wolves’ January transfer window was more about outgoings than incomings, especially as the days ticked down towards the deadline.
Adama Traore left on an initial loan deal to re-join Barcelona, and the La Liga outfit say that they intend to pay the £29 million it will take to buy him at the end of the season.
Less high profile was the decision to loan Bruno Jordao to Grasshoppers in Switzerland, but David Edwards told the Express and Star that he feels both calls were right.
“They have lost Adama Traore – everyone knows what he is capable of and they haven’t replaced him. No-one will begrudge him leaving. He’s gone to Barcelona and it’s a good move for everyone.
“Wolves have moved him on to a different country and will be happy he won’t come back to haunt them. They could also go on to recoup more than they paid for him and he’s got a chance to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I think it’s worked out for everyone. It’s just a shame it didn’t happen a bit earlier and Wolves could have pushed a bit harder for other signings to come in and help the team for the rest of the season.
“I also think it was right to let Jordao go out on loan. It’s important he plays football after his injury.”
Would Wolves have spent big on a winger even if big money had come in for Traore earlier in the window?
With Hwang Hee-Chan and Pedro Neto coming back from injury, Traore would have been down the pecking order out wide anyway.
And the central midfielders and defenders who could improve Wolves would have cost an arm and a leg in January, so perhaps it is better that the windfall is due in the summer.
That said, there are no guarantees that Barca will pay up, and that could leave Wolves stuck come the summer, when Traore’s contract will have even less time to run.
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