Wolves have been urged to make a move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.
Yesterday, Paul Merson was on Soccer Saturday and was asked what he would do if he was the Wolves manager in January.
He suggested Bruno Lage and Fosun should make a play for Dele, claiming the Englishman has that ‘X-factor’ and the ability to run into scoring positions.
Wolves absolutely need such an individual.
Lage’s side have managed just 12 goals in their 15 Premier League games so far.
That return makes them the second-worst attacking team in the division after bottom club Norwich City.
The lack of a goalscoring midfielder has been an issue for some time now, and Fosun really need to deliver for Lage next month.
But Dele is not a player Wolves should be going after.
There is always the argument that struggling players can thrive in new environments. There have been many cases of that in football, and there always will be.
But, sadly, in the case of £100,000-a-week man Dele, it has been a long time now since we saw his best football.
The two-time former Young Player of the Year has absolutely fallen off since around the time Mauricio Pochettino left Tottenham.
For whatever reason, it never happens for him when he gets a chance these days.
There are surely far better options out there for Wolves. Even if he has, ironically, scored at Molineux already this season.
Dele Alli would not be a good fit at Wolves under Lage
Under Lage, Wolves are trying to become a team that has more of the ball and presses relentlessly when out of possession.
Dele has never been known for his pressing.
Jose Mourinho famously called the player out for his ‘laziness’ in the All or Nothing Amazon docuseries (via football.london).
Under Nuno Espirito Santo there were very brief signs of a renaissance. But the ex-Molineux boss quickly started leaving him out in the Premier League, playing him in Europa Conference League games here and there.
And so far under Antonio Conte, he has appeared just once – in the 2-1 defeat to Mura.
Hopefully, Dele can kickstart his career again somewhere and get back to being the brilliant player he once was. But Wolves should not be tempted for a second.