The World Cup has thrust a number of players into the spotlight over the past few weeks – and little-known Morocco star Azzedine Ounahi is a player that is really impressing people and might make a good addition for Wolves.
The North African nation have made it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition in Qatar.
They have surprised everyone with how solid they are as a team, and they are the first African nation ever to reach this stage of the tournament.
Head coach Walid Regragui has instilled an incredible work ethic and belief in his players, and it’s clear that they have amazing cohesion and team chemistry.
But Morocco’s players are also skilful and talented.
A lot of the talk has been about Sofyan Amrabat, who has really dominated in games for Morocco at holding midfield.
Former Wolves man Romain Saiss and Nayerf Aguerd have both been rock-solid at the back, and goalkeeper Bono has made huge contributions to Morocco making the last four.
But Ounahi has also enjoyed a really good tournament so far, and against Spain and Portugal, he probably had his best two outings.
After Morocco beat spain on penalties, Luis Enrique lauded Ounahi.
The manager, who left his post after the defeat, said: “Madre mía, where did this kid come from? He can really play. He surprised me. He didn’t stop running. He must be exhausted.”
According to FIFA data, Ounahi covered a highly impressive 14.7km before being taken off on 119 minutes.
Ounahi was superb again against Portugal yesterday and even got the seal of approval from Brazilian legend Kaka, who told BeIN SPORTS (quoted by @TFT_Morocco): “This Ounahi. What a player!”
Wolves should place Azzedine Ounahi on their transfer radar, just as Julen Lopetegui reportedly did at Sevilla
Ounahi plays his club football with French club Angers, who are currently bottom of Ligue 1.
It feels as though he will not be there for very much longer given how good he has looked out in Qatar.
Ounahi was actually linked with an exit from the club in the summer.
As reported by Sky Sports, Sevilla – managed by Julen Lopetegui at the time – showed interest in him, but he eventually signed a new four-year deal.
Perhaps there could therefore be a chance Wolves could make a move for him. Although one would imagine there will now be plenty of competition.
Wolves, of course, have done business with Angers before, signing Rayan Ait-Nouri.
The evidence is there for Ounahi of a Moroccan player previously having huge success at Wolves in Saiss. Perhaps this is something that would make him consider a move if an approach was made.
Wolves could quite possibly lose Ruben Neves, Mathues Nunes and Joao Moutinho next summer.
Signing the silky yet industrious Ounahi could be a fantastic move in preparation for those potential departures.