Wolves have been credited with interest in Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car again.
But he, nor Sven Botman, made a move to Molineux in the end. And Wolves headed into the season having signed just one centre-half – youngster Yerson Mosquera, who has spent practically the whole season injured.
It remains to be seen if Wolves go in pursuit of Caleta-Car again. But how does the 24-year-old compare to the three central defenders who have started every Premier League for Wolves so far this season?
Caleta-Car has actually only played nine league games so far this season.
The star had Covid at the start of the season, and didn’t appear until the club’s sixth match against Angers on September 22.
Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss have all played 19 league games each, with Kilman the only one to play every single minute.
Not content with defending superbly well, the Wolves trio have all scored at least one league goal this season.
Saiss has notched two, his latest being a brilliant controlled volley against Brighton last month.
Caleta-Car is also off the mark this season. He scored his one and only goal in Marseille’s 2-0 win over Strasbourg last month, heading home Dimitri Payet’s corner.
Caleta-Car has the lowest expected goals value with 0.5 (RS 2.1, CC 1.1, MK 0.7).
Given Caleta-Car has played far fewer games, it is only fair to compare the tackle % of the players, rather than number of tackles made.
Caleta-Car has a 57.1% success rate, which is better than Saiss (55.6%) and Coady (47.1%), but not as high as Kilman (66.7%)
In terms of yellow cards, Caleta-Car has picked up two so far. Saiss and Kilman have picked up three each, and Coady has just the one.
All of Wolves’ centre-halves have been pretty good at finding a man this season and building from the back.
But they all have an inferior pass success rate to Caleta-Car.
Caleta-Car has a very impressive 91.1%. Coady has 88.7%, Kilman 88.6% and Saiss 82.9%.
It is likely Bruno Lage would be a big fan of Caleta-Car’s ball-playing ability.
Aerial duel %
Standing at 6ft 4in tall, you’d expect Caleta-Car to be winning his fair share of aerial duels. And that is the case.
He’s got a very impressive success rate of 86.7%. Then it’s Romain Saiss with 67.4%.
Kilman, who is the same height, has the third-highest with 66.2%. Then it’s Coady, who is the shortest of the quartet, with 54.1%.
Duje Caleta-Car looks like he’d be a decent addition for Wolves
Looking at this data, it seems Caleta-Car is performing to a similar level to that of the three Wolves centre-backs.
And that has to be a good thing, given how well Coady, Saiss and Kilman have done for Wolves.
He seems to be very well-rounded.
We shall see in the next couple of weeks if Wolves decide to make a move. Hopefully that will be the case.
All statistical data from fbref.com.