Sky Sports News reports that Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo will undergo a medical at Wolves this Friday. The proposed move is a season-long loan without an option to buy.
Vallejo is a 22-year-old prospect who has never cemented a starting position at Real Madrid, so what can Wolves expect from him?
Unfortunately, the answer is a move that will only benefit the player himself and Real Madrid.
What Jesus Vallejo will bring to Wolves
The pack has had to endure a dozen false stories about Wolves being linked with every foreign player across the globe, but Vallejo’s arrival appears all-but-confirmed as even the credible BBC have reported on his impending medical.
His arrival will make a lot of fans excited thanks to his affiliation with Real Madrid, but what will he actually bring to Wolves?
WhoScored reports that the 22-year-old Spaniard is very strong when it comes to passing and positioning. Abiding by the Italian philosophy made famous by Paolo Maldini, the Real Madrid youth player is a confident diamond in the rough who doesn’t dive into tackles.
This means he’ll be another cool, calm, and collected figure in defence alongside Conor Coady and Wily Boly. However, his weaknesses are said to be concentration and aerial duels.
Lapses in concentration will be kicked out of him by the teachings of Coady and Boly, but the weakness in aerial duels is concerning. The Premier League is a lot more physical than La Liga, and Wolves can’t afford to have a physically weak individual in the back three. This would make Wolves less of a threat and less secure when taking and defending corners.
But, at only 22-years-old, it’s possible that Vallejo will adapt to the league’s demands and strengthen at the gym.
Why Jesus Vallejo’s loan at Wolves will only benefit Real Madrid
All of the above means that Wolves can expect another competent passer and tackler in defence, but someone who lacks the aerial authority of Ryan Bennett.
While it’s not nice to admit, this makes Vallejo’s arrival underwhelming.
Wolves don’t have an option to buy the promising centre-back, meaning the move is more beneficial for him rather than the club. The Premier League will be a great way for the Spanish U21 to improve his weaknesses thanks to unbeatable experience and advice from Coady and Boly.
A season-long loan at Molineux has the potential to make him a far better player for Real Madrid, but at the end of the 19/20 season Wolves will have to scour the market for a CB yet again.
That is unless Wolves can somehow secure the player’s services in an unexpected opportunity similar to Jonny.