Wolverhampton Wanderers have a number of decisions to make this summer.
In the past two transfer windows, the club have made at least one loan signing, and there are currently three on the books at Molineux.
Willian Jose was the latest addition from Real Sociedad, while Vitinha and Rayan Ait-Nouri joined in 2020 from FC Porto and Angers respectively.
Frenchman Ait-Nouri made a real impression earlier in the season.
The left-sided star actually scored just 18 minutes into his debut against Crystal Palace back in October, and fans were left very excited about what he could potentially bring to the table.
But Ait-Nouri hasn’t quite been able to convince the masses in the months after, and now opportunities have started to dry up following the return of Jonny Castro Otto, who is a proven performer at Premier League level.
Ait-Nouri is now in a bit of an awkward position.
The club will take a decision on whether to sign him permanently for £20 million – although a report from the Express & Star today claims the club could potentially land him and the others for less by renegotiating with their parent clubs.
A conversation is now taking place about which of the three, if any, should be snapped up by Fosun.
It seems that the jury is still out on Ait-Nouri, with some feeling he has undoubted potential and others believing he isn’t much different to Ruben Vinagre:
I think he’s got something. His first game he was really good. He looks like he’s lacking confidence at the moment so doubts doing the things he did at the start. You’re right though, if he can’t fix that, he’s not good enough
— Mitchell Leary (@LearyMitchell) March 11, 2021
I think he’s going to be a decent player … but he’s behind Jonny and Marcal in the pecking order. 20 million is a big chunk of money to sit on the bench. I’d pass unfortunately
— Adam Fellows (@AdamFellows11) March 11, 2021
Nope nowhere near good enough
— Fraser (@FW90) March 11, 2021
20 mill too much at this stage
— shaun mitchell (@mitcheyboy2010) March 11, 2021
To be honest he isn’t an upgrade on Vinagre in my opinion and the fee is rumoured to be 15/18 million? Not for me. I would recall Ruben as back up to Jonny. We also have Marcal (when fit) if ever fit.
— Gabriele Caizzo (@GabyCaizzo) March 11, 2021
Not sure obviously has huge potential.
— Jamey Holloway (@JameyHolloway12) March 11, 2021
— Paul Collins (@CheekyPaul78) March 11, 2021
Not for the fee they want.
— Andrew Paul (@pitty123) March 11, 2021
No different to vinagre to be fair,5 million probably worth the risk but can get better players for 20 million
— glyn betts (@optiwolf) March 11, 2021
Yep sign him
— mfleck (@Mfleck8) March 11, 2021
I like him, but sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Future cover means we need a more defensive minded full-back to step into a back four in the future. Hoever can cover left side. But to totally contradict myself, would still like to sign Esteves currently on loan at Reading.
— David Sharples (@Wolfus1492) March 11, 2021
I think he’s a great young prospect. Obviously has talent, and feel he can be a massive feature of our back line for years to come.
— Sam Martin (@wolves_sam) March 11, 2021