The difference in Lille when they have reported Wolves target Renato Sanches in their team compared to when they don’t is ‘absolutely enormous’.
That is the view of European football expert Andy Brassell, who appeared on Sky Sports News this morning ahead of the Champions League draw.
The draw was actually botched initially.
It was done again at 2pm, with Sanches’ club Lille again being drawn against reigning champions Chelsea.
It will be a good chance to get a closer look at Sanches against an English side.
The French champions will no doubt need him on top form if they are going to get past Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Sanches is seen as one of Lille’s best players, but Brassell really sang his praises on Sky Sports News.
He said at 11.41am this morning: “The difference between Lille with Renato Sanches and without is absolutely enormous.
“When you’ve got him in the centre of the pitch, the energy, the ability to dribble past players, all of that sort of stuff just completely changes the dynamic of how they play.”
Brassell added that Lille had, at times, deployed Sanches out wide upon his return from injury to minimise the chances of him getting kicked.
He also mentioned the fact Sanches would have been sold had it not been for that injury, which caused him to miss the first two months of 2021/22.
Wolves, of course, were strongly linked with a loan move for Sanches on transfer deadline day.
Wolves signing Renato Sanches would be a game-changer
Brassell’s comments on Sanches just make it even more clear that Wolves need Sanches in their starting XI.
The notion he is transformative for Lille could mean he has the same kind of impact for Wolves.
It remains to be seen if a deal can be done in January.
In recent weeks other clubs have been linked with a move for the now fit-again Portugal international.
If Fosun want to prove their ambition, they’ll get him in for Bruno Lage after an underwhelming summer.