Wolves manager Gary O’Neill has admitted that teenager Enso Gonzalez is already training with the first-team after his £5 million arrival from Paraguayan outfit Libertad in the final week of the summer transfer window.
At just 18 years of age, Enso Gonzalez may be ‘one of the future’ at Molineux.
But do not rule out the twinkle-toed teenager making an impact on the senior stage sooner rather than later, Wolves boss Gary O’Neill enthused about a winger who could yet prove to be one of the bargains of the window at just £5 million.
Enso Gonzalez making his mark at Wolves already
“Enso has integrated well and managed to do a lot of days training with us,” O’Neill tells the Wolves website ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick off at home to Liverpool.
“He’s got used to the surroundings and it’s helped him settle in. It’s been a positive two weeks for him.
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“He has a lot of talent, is still very young and we need to help him adapt his game to the Premier League. But he can have an impact definitely. He’s shown flashes in training, and you’d expect him to make an impact in the Premier League.”
The diminutive Gonzalez – small in stature but giant in potential – arrives on the back of nearly 40 first-team appearances for Libertad in his native Paraguay. And while he may have to be satisfied with a few Under 23 outings early on in his new Midlands home, Wolves are betting highly on a player who’s technical ability and eye for goal have drawn comparisons with compatriot and Brighton ace Julio Enciso.
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“Luckily for him, it was possible (for the transfer) to materialise,” Pedro Aldave, Gonzalez’s agent tells Cardinal Deportivo, confirming that O’Neil’s side fought off competition from one of the biggest clubs in Italy before snatching the teenager on a five-year contract.
“We are aiming for him to play in the Premier League. It’s Wolves, they have been following him for four months. He is a very popular player.
“Roma wanted him. There were several teams who wanted him. I had a meeting in Italy but Libertad and that Premier League club also had a relationship. That made things easier.”