Julen Lopetegui is reportedly a really big fan of Wolves defender Yerson Mosquera.
The central defender has been enjoying a productive loan spell with MLS club FC Cincinnati, whom he joined in January.
The club had hoped to send Mosquera out on loan last summer. And it was reported that French club Troyes were showing interest.
But the deal was dependent on Craig Dawson signing.
Wanderers couldn’t get that deal done, with West Ham United pulling the plug as they couldn’t replace him in the end. Wolves, of course, went on to sign Dawson in January.
Mosquera was then finally permitted to leave on loan.
So far, he has made 11 appearances for the club, staring every single game. He has played 90 minutes in all but the opening fixture so far, and has chipped in with a couple of goals.
Wolves are hoping Mosquera can just play as much as possible, after missing so much football since he arrived at Wolves in 2021.
Mosquera suffered a bad hamstring just 10 minutes into his competitive debut back in September 2021, which has unfortunately meant he’s rarely been seen since his arrival.
Mosquera’s name came up on the last Express & Star podcast. Someone asked journalists Liam Keen and Nathan Judah about what will happen with some of the fringe players this summer.
Keen said of the Colombian youngster: “Mosquera – he could end up playing in America all the way through until January next year. It depends how he’s getting on. They said the loan could be extended and he’ll stay. I’ve been told that Lopetegui likes him a lot. So that one will be one to watch.”
Wolves should not rush Yerson Mosquera back, as it’s revealed Julen Lopetegui really likes him
Wolves were really excited about Mosquera when they first signed him.
They felt they’d picked up a real gem and potential star of the future for just £4.5 million (The Athletic).
He’s had rotten luck with injury, but it’s great he’s now back playing again.
He looked fantastic in his first pre-season with Wolves and it was such a shame how his first season panned out.
But he will be buoyed by the fact Lopetegui is a big fan of his.
Wolves will be keeping a close eye on his progress over the States. But they shouldn’t be clamouring to get him back this summer.
If the squad is in a decent place, it might be best to extend that loan, just so he can get a nice long run of games under his belt.