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How Francisco Trincao is getting in at Sporting CP after leaving Wolves

Francisco Trincao’s time at Wolves was most definitely underwhelming.

The star came in on a season-long loan from Barcelona, and many Wolves fans couldn’t quite believe the deal when it was announced.

It came fairly out of the blue, and there was a lot of hype around a player who had only joined Barcelona for £26 million the year before.

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Wolves negotiated an option to buy for a similar fee, and hopes were extremely high.

But things did not go well for Trincao, who just couldn’t find any kind of consistency at Molineux.

He made 30 appearances across all competitions, and scored just three goals. And he also only made one assist.

There were glimpses of his technical quality, but he often overdid things and struggled from a physical standpoint.

At the end of the season, Wolves decided to let Trincao return to Barca and decline their option to buy.

Not long after that, the Spanish giants agreed a deal to loan Trincao to Sporting. There is a conditional obligation to buy, and there will also be a buy-back clause inserted.

Many Wolves fans have expected Trincao to really hit the ground running back in his home country.

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He hasn’t pulled up trees yet, but Trincao has definitely made an encouraging start to the 2022/23 season.

So far he’s started all nine of Sporting’s games this season, and the winger has hit three goals, which means he’s already equalled his entire tally for Wolves. He’s also grabbed one assist against Rio Ave.

Some Wolves fans may have caught him in action against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League recently. He was tricky and lacked an end product in that game – something that will not surprise the majority of Wanderers supporters.

But on the whole, he has played well. WhoScored rank him as the second-best performer so far this term for Sporting behind former Molineux talent Pedro Goncalves.

Francisco Trincao impressing with Sporting as many predicted, but Wolves still made right call

Returning to a league he already lit up a few years ago as a more mature player was bound to see Trincao do well.

There is a good chance he’ll really shine this season playing under Ruben Amorim, and his end of season statistics might make for uncomfortable reading for Wolves fans.

But Wolves made the right decision not to sign the youngster.

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He just wasn’t quite consistent enough during his loan spell, and the £25 million fee felt like a bit of a risk.

Wanderers, of course, now have Goncalo Guedes on the books, and Adama Traore has returned to Molineux so Bruno Lage still has great options in the wide areas.