Wolverhampton Wanderers have not been at the races defensively this season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side finished the 2019/29 season very strongly in terms of clean sheets, but this term has been a struggle on that front.

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Wolves have shipped 32 goals in their 24 league games so far, and there has truly been some calamitous actions taking place in front of goalkeeper Rui Patricio at times.

It’s probably likely the club will go shopping in the summer, and hopefully they’ll be a little more decisive and not let potentially top talents slip through their grasp, like they did in the summer of 2019.

As reported by The Times in June of that year, Wolves were interested in landing Ezri Konsa from Brentford.

A move ultimately never materialised, and Konsa, 21 at the time, transferred to Aston Villa for a reported fee of £12 million (BBC Sport).

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Now into his second season at Villa Park, Konsa is looking like a top centre-back in the making.

 

So good has Konsa been alongside Tyrone Mings, that The Athletic are now reporting that both Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are keeping tabs on him.

That is perhaps a real indicator that Wolves dropped the ball back in 2019.

Konsa the one that got away

Not only is England-born Konsa reportedly being looked at by Tottenham and Liverpool, but Portugal are also monitoring him as a potential international call-up, as he would qualify to represent them.

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It all suggests that he is well on his way to becoming a top quality centre-half, the kind Wolves could seriously do with right now.

Many Wolves fans won’t admit it due to him playing for Villa, but there’s no getting away from how good he is and what a signing he could have been.

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