Wolverhampton Wanderers need to sign a new central defender this summer.
The time has come, following some very dodgy dealings at the back in some games this season.
Tim Spiers claimed back in January that the position is a priority heading into the summer.
One man that could be worth keeping an eye on for Wolves is Joachim Andersen.
The Denmark international is currently playing for Fulham on loan from Lyon, and has been a really solid player for the Cottagers.
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In recent weeks especially, they have looked much more solid at the back and Andersen has come in for high praise.
Scott Parker’s side have managed to keep five clean sheets in their last nine Premier League outings, which is a great run considering their leakiness earlier on in the season.
Andersen has been growing in stature, showing the ability to dominate aerially and pass out from the back with confidence.
That said, Fulham remain in the relegation zone and could well go down at the end of the season.
That could make a permanent move to Craven Cottage unlikely for Andersen – and Wolves should look to steal in in that case.
Ominously, Lyon’s director Juninho thinks Andersen will want to stay in the Premier League next season (via 20minutes.fr).
Andersen is just ideal
The 24-year-old would be a great pickup by Wolves, who are in clear need of a defensive shake-up.
Not only is he strong in the tackle and great on the ball, but he’s also worn the captain’s armband many times for Fulham this term.
That’s quite a rare thing for a loan player to do, and clearly suggests he is a strong leader which is always a good thing.
Another appealing thing about Andersen is that he’s played in systems that uses three central defenders and also a traditional back four with both Fulham and Lyon.
That’s obviously good with Wolves having also used two such formations.
Finally, Wolves only did business with Andersen’s parent club Lyon last year with the transfer of Fernando Marcal, so there’s surely a resonable chance of another this summer.
If Fulham go down, Wolves should be all over it.