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3 potential Romain Saiss replacements Wolves could look at

Romain Saiss is leaving Wolves.

The Morocco international has failed to reach an agreement with the club regarding an extension, and departs as a free agent after six years with the club.

The player sent a very heartfelt message to supporters on social media earlier this week, and he is going to be missed.

He was a big character, and very well respected.

That said, Wanderers should feel confident about proceeding without him.

As much as Saiss constantly put his body on the line and gave it is all, he could also make mistakes.

Maybe it was the right time for him to go, but Wolves must now look forwards.

Here are three left-footed centre-backs Wolves could look at with a view to replacing the the 32-year-old.

John Brooks – Wolfsburg

Brooks should perhaps be someone of interest to Wolves, as he seemingly ticks quite a few boxes.

His contract with Wolfsburg is expiring this summer, and he stands to leave them as a free agent. Wanderers could do with a couple such signings this summer in order to help with those big-money additions.

We have heard how Wolves could be changing between formations next season.

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Lage wanted to go with a back four last term, but quickly realised ahead of the campaign he didn’t have the players to do it.

Brooks has experience of playing in a back four, and on the left of a back three, which is absolutely ideal.

The star is very physically imposing, standing at 6ft 4in tall. So he’d dominate those aerial duels, and also provide a threat from set-pieces, something Saiss was very good for.

Brooks is also a great ball-player, as evidenced by a respectable 83% passing accuracy in the Bundesliga in 2021/22 (WhoScored).

He is not the most mobile, but Brooks – who is very experienced at 29 years old – is solid and seems like a player who’d be a good pick-up on a free transfer.

Evan N’Dicka – Eintracht Frankfurt

Evan N’Dicka just had a fantastic season with Eintracht Frankurt, which culminated in him winning the Europa League.

The 22-year-old was an ever-present for the Bundesliga outfit, making 44 appearances in total in 2021/22.

France have produced some fantastic centre-backs in recent times and N’Dicka looks to be another off the conveyor belt.

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According to the Bundesliga’s official website, N’Dicka had a pass completion of 89% for 2021/22, making him his team’s most accurate passer.

He also recorded a tackle success rate of 59%, putting him second.

A previous feature from bundesliga.com said that N’Dicka was ‘very comfortable on the ball and with pace to keep fast forwards in check’. It is also stated that there are similarities to Samuel Umtiti in terms of play-style. Thankfully N’Dicka has a much better injury record.

Since he has just won the Europa League his stock could potentially be quite high. Earlier this month there were reports in Germany (via The Sun) claiming Manchester United and Newcastle United were keen.

Apparently, it’s thought £17 million could be enough to land him this summer, since his contract is expiring next year.

Toti Gomes – Wolves

Quite possibly, Wolves may actually already have a replacement for Saiss.

Toti Gomes was brought back from his loan spell at Grasshoppers in January. Few expected him to be getting any first-team minutes.

Many felt as though Dion Sanderson would be the man to cover the AFCON-bound Saiss.

But Toti got the nod. And he did really well in the three games he got before Saiss’ return to the first-team picture.

Toti then played the last two games against Norwich City and Liverpool. And he again really impressed on the left of the back three.

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He is still obviously very inexperienced at Premier League level. But he looks like a really solid and composed player. You wouldn’t have known about that lack of experience if you tuned in to watch him play for Wolves without knowing his journey.

Lage suggested he could potentially form part of a rebuild next summer.

The jury is still out on whether he’d be able to play in a pairing. But he could well be a suitable replacement for Saiss if Wolves want to sign a right-footed defender instead.