Wolves’ first January signing Hayao Kawabe has moved back to Grasshoppers on loan until the end of the season.
The midfielder only joined the club a couple of weeks ago from the Swiss outfit. He signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, in a move that cost a reported £500,000 (The Athletic).
Since making his move Kawabe has been working with the first-team in training, and getting to grips with the way they play under Bruno Lage.
But the club have today confirmed that the Japan international is heading back to Switzerland with Grasshoppers. It comes after news of another loan exit today, with Leonardo Campana joining Inter Miami.
The Athletic had reported that it was expected the 26-year-old would go back.
Scott Sellars said of Kawabe’s move (Wolves official): “With the Covid situation as it was, we felt it was a great opportunity for Hayao to get to know everybody at Wolves and spend time with his new teammates and the coaching staff.
“He’s integrated into the club very well. He’s been training with the first-team and experienced what the levels and the quality of the Premier League is like. During this period, he’s shown what a good player he is. But he knows he needs to continue working hard to develop his football.
“Now everything appears to be getting back to normal. With our squad continuing to get stronger, we believe the best way for Hayao to continue his development is by playing regular football back at Grasshoppers.”
Sellars adds that Wolves are keen for Kawabe to get as many minutes under his belt as possible ahead of the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.
Time for Hayao Kawabe to prove he can be a Wolves first-teamer next season
So Kawabe has moved back to Grasshoppers as expected. And hopefully he can have a strong second half of 2021/22.
Wolves could be in the market for new midfielders in the summer. Joao Moutinho is out of contract at the end of the season. It remains to be seen if he’ll stay for another term.
There is also a chance Ruben Neves could depart. It’s not nice to think about, but he’s been playing so well this term that interest is surely inevitable. Manchester United have been linked with a move this month.
So it’s possible may be looking for new faces in that position. Kawabe may hope he can be an option.