Reported Wolves target Sven Botman produced a man-of-the-match performance last night for Lille in the Champions League.

The reigning French champions were in action against Wolfsburg in their first game.

Lille OSC v VfL Wolfsburg: Group G - UEFA Champions League
Lille vs Wolfsburg (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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The match ended goalless, with ESPN reporting Lille lacked sharpness.

They could not find a breakthrough despite their German opponents going down to 10 men in the second-half when John Brooks was sent off.

Jonathan David had a goal ruled out by VAR after the ball had gone out of play.

And Angel Gomes had a golden chance to score around the hour mark, but blazed over.

Aside from that, Lille did not really threaten.

But Lille were decent defensively, and Botman was the pick of the bunch for GFFN, who gave him a 7/10 for his performance.

Lille OSC v VfL Wolfsburg: Group G - UEFA Champions League
Sven Botman (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)

They said of him: “Stoic and physical defensively throughout and provided one superb tackle to halt a dangerous Wolfsburg counter while having no worries from Weghorst.”


Botman was said to be a transfer target of Wolves’ towards the end of the last transfer window.

It was claimed Botman was ultimately too expensive.

That said, Jeff Shi has said since that budget wasn’t an issue, and the Dutchman has stated that he was open to a move to Molineux.

Botman steady in Champions League opener

Botman looking comfortable in the Champions League may be a further sign that Wolves should be looking to reignite their interest in January.

He’ll have sterner tests than Wolfsburg, but he is clearly a talent.

LOSC Lille v VfL Wolfsburg - UEFA Champions League
Sven Botman (Photo by Geert van Erven/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

Wolves have actually started 2021/22 well defensively.

But things could quickly change.

On paper, Wolves could still do with another central defender coming in. Especially with Romain Saiss and Willy Boly set for AFCON duty in January.

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