Many football clubs have cases of young talents that got away.

Sometimes, it isn’t always obvious that they have what it takes to become special.

On other occasions, they force a move because they don’t feel they will get chances in the first-team.

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For Wolves, that player is Pedro Goncalves.

The midfielder departed the club in 2019, along with Joao Dias, to join Farmalicao.

The move wasn’t such a big deal at the time, but Goncalves quickly showed what he was about.

He finished the 2019/20 season with seven goals to his name, and secured himself a move to Sporting CP.

Since making that move, Goncalves has gone from strength to strength.

 

Last term he top-scored in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with 23 goals. He also made five assists.

And this season, his stunning form has continued.

Last night he scored a brace against Borussia Dortmund, just as he did against Besiktas before the international break. The German outfit are now out of the competition as a result of losing 3-1.

Goncalves’ latest goals take him up to 11 for the season in total – a stunning return given he has missed a few games through injury.

Pedro Goncalves continues to haunt Wolves

Wolves undoubtedly made a mistake letting Goncalves leave the club.

It is frustrating to think how he could just be let go given the way he is flourishing now.

According to The Athletic, he was the standout player for the U23s the season before he left.

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Pedro Goncalves (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

So why he was let go is a difficult one to take.

The star now has a £67.5 million release clause, meaning Sporting are set to make a huge profit on the player

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