Wolverhampton Wanderers will be taking decisions on three loan players very soon.
The 2020/21 season is almost over, and attention will turn to shaping the squad for next term.
At the moment, Vitinha, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Willian Jose are all vying to turn their moves to Molineux permanent.
Vitinha and Ait-Nouri have made good cases in recent weeks to become Wolves players, but Jose has unfortunately been unable to kick on as hoped.
He’s managed just one goal so far, and has now seemingly lost his starting berth to Fabio Silva.
At this stage, it would be a surprise if Wolves moved to sign Jose.
It can be argued that the club are even more unlikely to trigger their option (said to be around £22 million, Express & Star) due to the fantastic form of Rafa Mir.
Mir is on loan at SD Huesca and has enjoyed an amazing season in Spain.
The 23-year-old has scored 16 goals across all competitions this term, and is making a serious case to be given another go at Molineux.
Mir putting Jose to shame
Perhaps the intention was to cash in on Mir to boost the transfer kitty this summer.
But it’s hard to look at what Mir has done and advocate for him being sold.
And it’s even harder to vouch for the permanent signing of Jose when Wolves already own a player who is similar stylistically but appears to have discovered a serious cutting edge.
It should not be ignored that Mir’s brilliant haul of goals have come in a struggling team – perhaps he’d bring a lot more for Wolves next season than Jose would.