Wolves had a quiet January, and some supporters were left feeling a little underwhelmed.
Fans were hoping to perhaps see one or two significant additions, with Bruno Lage’s squad looking a little thin at the time.
But ultimately, it was decided that Wanderers would wait for the returns of some key players, like Jonny Castro Otto and Pedro Neto.
The likes of Ryan Giles, Dion Sanderson and Toti Gomes were brought back to Molineux to provide some cover.
In the end, Wolves made three low-key signings in the winter window. And the club look to have signed a potential gem with one of them.
Chiquinho made his move to Molineux from Estoril, with the club spending around £3 million.
The star, 22, made his debut for his previous club in January 2020. But he caught the eye of Wolves leading up to the January 2022 window.
His three goals and three assists in 2021/22 had alerted Wolves officials, who decided to swoop mid-season before his value rose further.
So far, Chiquinho has made six cameo appearances for the Wolves first-team.
He’s had to be patient, with Bruno Lage having access to several experienced wide forwards.
But he definitely looks a real livewire. And Lage recently praised the youngster and suggested other players need to follow his example.
While Chiquinho hasn’t been featuring much for the first-team, he has been getting minutes with the U23s. He certainly looks at home at that level.
He put in another exciting display against Newcastle the other night, prompting Tim Spiers to call him ‘a ridiculous talent’.
The journalist also said there were similarities between him and Adama Traore, whom Wolves allowed to leave on loan for Barcelona in the same window.
Promising signs over Wolves livewire Chiquinho, his time could come next season
Chiquinho really does look to be a potentially special talent.
He has a very impressive direct style of play and an air of unpredictability.
He also works really hard. Obviously that is something Lage has already commended, and it will stand him in very good stead.
He’s plugging away with the U23s right now, which is really going to help him ahead of next season. It is important to get the bedding in process right.
Potentially, Chiquinho may seen more involvement next term.
Ideally, he’ll enjoy a similar rise to that of Neto, who took some time to find his feet in English football before becoming one of the league’s top youngsters.