Bruno Lage has admitted he is open to the prospect of loaning Wolves midfielder Bruno Jordao out during this month’s transfer window.
Lage told the Express and Star that he would consider allowing Jordao to leave on a temporary basis if the right offer came along.
He did also say that he is happy with Jordao’s work and if nothing comes up, he will use him in the later months of the season to boost his midfield options.
Lage also suggested that Luke Cundle could also bolster his engine room, after the academy graduate came off the bench in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United on Sunday.
“I am very happy with him,” said Lage on Jordao. “He is working in both positions as a midfielder and I am very happy with him. He needs to continue to work. We start the season with three midfielders, we need one, and he’s in our squad and training well.
“If he doesn’t have any chance (to go on loan) of course he will stay with us, but if something appeared (a loan approach) and we understand it is better for him to play at a different level, that kind of thing can happen.
“But at the moment, in my opinion, he stays with us because he is doing very well and I am very happy with him. Jordao has been working hard since the first day after he returned and he can help the team as a central midfielder.”
On Cundle, he added: “I hope we can give Luke more time with us and the chance to give him minutes. The competition (FA Cup) allowed this because we had five subs. He is very clever. I don’t want to put pressure on him, but he knows we believe a lot in him.”
Wolves fans would likely love a high-profile central midfielder to come in during January and take the midfield to the next level.
But it does not look like that is going to be the case so Lage is likely to need to bolster his ranks with other options. That means returning players like Jordao or academy graduates like Cundle.
It will be intriguing to see if either man can really bridge the gap and become a trusted member of Lage’s squad between now and the end of the season.
A loan for Jordao might be a good idea if the right move came up because he has been out of the game for so long, and of course there is a decision to make over whether Cundle needs a temporary exit or if he is best served continuing to learn at Molineux.
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