New Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for 10 weeks with a calf-injury, it was announced today, and it will be of interest to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 101-capped Argentina international striker only arrived at the club in June after leaving Manchester City on a free transfer.
However, the Premier League legend’s injury may not just have implications on Barcelona but on teams in England as well, including Wolves.
Aguero’s injury and the recent news of Lionel Messi’s departure means that they have a shortage of strikers.
One forward who may be brought back from the cold is Martin Braithwaite, who is of interest to Wolves, according to Sport.
What would Braithwaite bring to Wolves?
An immediate concern about Braithwaite is his goals return. He scored only two league goals for Barca last season.
That being said, there is a lot more to the striker’s game, whose high work-rate helps those up-front with him, and he can also play out wide.
According to FBRef, last season he was in the top ten percentile for players whose defending and ability to win free-kicks directly led to a goal for his team.
The Denmark international striker is also an excellent dribbler, completing just under 70 percent of those that he attempted last campaign.
These traits suggest that Braithwaite would be suited for Wolves when they are playing some of the bigger teams and would have to counter-attack.
He also has invaluable experience through his 18 months at Barcelona. In addition the ex-Middlesbrough striker helped Denmark reach the semis in Euro 2020.
Wolves should now pursue other targets
The injury to Aguero and Barcelona’s financial situation may mean that they still need Braithwaite after all.
Throw in that Braithwaite’s agent has also spoken out against Wolves-linked super-agent Jorge Mendes, and you get the feeling that this transfer unlikely now.
Another name who continues to be linked with the club is Liverpool striker Divock Origi. The Belgian striker offers a similar profile to Braithwaite and may be available for as little as £10m.
Another player rumoured to a target of Wolves is Valencia’s Kang-In Lee. However, Lee does prefer to play in midfield.
It is actually one of Lee’s South Korean teammates who may be a more viable option – Bordeaux forward Ui-jo Hwang.
According to FBRef, Hwang has the most similar profile to Braithwaite. The South Korean striker also scored 12 league goals in Ligue 1 last season. His club are also under pressure to sell due to financial difficulties.