Wolves have struggled to score goals this season.
The team have really been strung by the sale of Diogo Jota in the summer, and then the injury to Raul Jimenez.
It still isn’t known when the Mexican will return, and Nuno Espirito has had to put his faith in the likes of Pedro Neto, Daniel Podence, Adama Traore and young Fabio Silva in the attacking positions.
There have been signs of real promise, but that cutting edge just hasn’t been there yet.
Hopefully it will come, and maybe Patrick Cutrone will make an impact now that he’s back from his loan.
The Jota sale is particular difficult to accept now having seen how he’s started at Liverpool.
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The 24-year-old didn’t always turn it on for Wolves, but he did score semi-regularly for the club.
He wasn’t directly replaced, but there is one player who left Wolves in the summer of 2019 who might well have been a candidate.
Pedro Goncalves departed Wolves for free to join Farmalicao, which prompted the raisining of eyebrows at the time.
After spending one season there, he then joined Sporting CP last summer, and he now looks to be developing into a top player, likely to Wolves’ dismay.
He is currently the top goalscorer in Liga NOS with 11 goals in 12 games, and he’s also laid on a couple of assists. WhoScored have him as the top-rated player in the Portuguese top-flight.
The 22-year-old only ever made one appearance for Wolves, against Sheffield Wednesday in an EFL Cup game, but he’s looking like someone who was perhaps let go too early.
Maybe that is easy to say seeing how his form contrasts against Wolves’ current goalscoring woes, but he was tipped for a really bright future while he was with the U23s and often impressed.
It’s now difficult to imagine how Goncalves wouldn’t drastically improve the current Wolves starting XI – hopefully the club won’t be making similar mistakes with other youngsters trying to make an impresion.