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Wolves might need to reignite Harry Souttar interest in January with star shining for Australia

Wolves are expected to sign a new centre-back in January – and Australia star Harry Souttar might just be someone the club should take a look at.

Wanderers currently have four options to play at centre-half.

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Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman are the first choices. and then Toti Gomes and Yerson Mosquera are the reserves.

Collins and Kilman have been used at almost every turn so far this season. It was only when Collins was suspended for three games after his red card against Manchester City that Toti got a chance to play.

Mosquera is still waiting for his first minutes of the season.

While Collins and Kilman have been heavily involved, Wolves are still light in the centre-back department.

The club are expected to bring someone in in January – and there is a case to be made for Harry Souttar to be that player.

The star is currently on duty with Australia at the World Cup, and yesterday against Denmark he was absolutely outstanding for the Socceroos in their 1-0 win as they booked their place in the knockout stages.

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Souttar won 7/9 duels, and made a whopping nine clearances (via Sofascore). That was by far and away the most of any player on the pitch.

He has been solid in all of Australia’s games in Qatar so far. And that is remarkable to consider, with Souttar only returning from an ACL injury earlier this month.

Wolves have to reignite interest in Australia star Harry Souttar

Souttar plays his club football for Stoke City, and it could be that the Potters will now field a number of enquiries over the 24-year-old in January.

Wolves were reported to be interested in Souttar in March 2021, with the Express claiming Wanderers had watched him regularly.

He’s been very impressive for his country so far on the biggest stage.

It is unclear how much Stoke would be looking for to sell Souttar.

But they have just got him back from his long-term injury, so the chances are they will not want to lose him.

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But Wolves should test the waters.

At 6ft 6in, Souttar is a physical and dominant centre-half and is extremely good in the air. Not only is he a solid defender, but he is a goal threat. He’s got six goals in 12 games for Australia, and a couple for the Potters.

Wolves lost a goalscoring defender in Romain Saiss, so it’s another reason for Souttar to be considered.