The Portuguese contingent at Wolves is strong – but there is always room for improvement.

The club have work to do this summer following a fairly disappointing campaign in 2020/21.

Nuno Espirito Santo is set to steer the team to a mid-table finish this time around, after two seventh places in 2018/19 and 2019/20.

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There have been many issues this term, one of which has been the midfield and its effectiveness.

Ruben Neves has had a decent season again, but Joao Moutinho sadly seems to be on the wane, and Leander Dendoncker has not been great.

A new central midfielder should be a priority this summer, and Nuno should not look further than FC Porto’s excellent Sergio Oliveira.

The 28-year-old is having a brilliant season and last night scored his 16th and 17th goals of the campaign in the 3-2 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League – although Sergio Conceicao’s side progressed on away goals.

Last night, he had 72 touches, put in seven crosses, made seven ball recoveries, won seven duels, created two chances and won two tackles according to Squawka.

The star simply wowed against the Italian giants and one wonders, given the relationship Wolves have with Porto, whether a potential transfer for Oliveira would be worth pursuing.

Oliveira is exactly what Wolves need

With Moutinho’s influence unfortunately beginning to dwindle as he reaches his mid-thirties, the club simply have to sign a long-term replacement.

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At 28, Oliveira is not exactly a football youngster, but signing someone in their prime could be the way to go to get Wolves more competitive again.

The star, who is a two-time Primeira Liga winner, brings goals and assists to the table and has also worn the captain’s armband on occasion this term.

He wouldn’t come cheap as he only signed a new deal a few months ago, but Wolves’ midfield is in serious need of rejuvenation – and Oliveira would potentially be a fine addition to the pack.

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