Wolves’ summer transfer window – the players who should leave Molineux - #2 - Molineux News
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Wolves’ summer transfer window – the players who should leave Molineux - #2

Wolves must exploit the summer transfer window to bring in some quality, but Fosun and Nuno Espirito Santo must also be ruthless and cut some players loose from the pack.

Fosun has already acted in the transfer window by bringing in a young Chinese prospect for the future, and they must do more to help Nuno climb up the Premier League table and compete in the Europa League.

Most of the team has been consistently excellent, yet there’s a couple of players who Wolves no longer need.

John Ruddy should leave for his own career and so Will Norris can become the number one goalkeeper for the cup matches, and Helder Costa is another player who should be shown the door.

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Why Wolves should sell Helder Costa

Unlike Ruddy who is a consistent and respected servant for Wolves, Costa had a terrible Premier League outing.

Benfica sold Costa on loan to Wolves in July 2016 (Transfermarkt), and Fosun secured the Portuguese player’s full-time services in January 2017 for £13.50M (Express & Star).

Costa had a terrific impact in the 2016/17 Championship campaign with 10 goals and 8 assists, and he followed this up with a respectable 5 goals and 6 assists in Nuno’s title-winning debut.

However, his performances during the Premier League 2018/19 season were awful.

In 25 appearances (9 from the bench) Costa only scored 1 goal and made 2 assists.

Furthermore, he only had a shooting accuracy of 28% and a crossing accuracy of 6%.

Forgetting his pitiful statistics, Costa is also too lazy and not strong enough for the Premier League.

He rarely tracked back, he was always tackled far too easy, and he did nothing more than complain.

Costa has fallen down the pecking order as he’s no longer a big fish in a small pond.

The Portuguese winger isn’t skillful or clinical enough, and he doesn’t always come off the bench anymore.

Adama Traore was Wolves’ biggest disappointment last season, but there’s potential for him to grow and improve.

The same can’t be said for Costa and they should sell him this summer.

Wolves need players who will push for a starting position, and Costa isn’t that player.