Dexter Lembikisa is reportedly open to leaving Wolves on loan.
The full-back is preparing to embark on a first temporary move in a bid to get senior minutes under his belt.
Last season, Lembikisa was handed a few opportunities for the first-team.
He made his debut in the Carabao Cup, and the made his Premier League debut against Arsenal just days later under Steve Davis.
Lembikisa was a loan target for other clubs in January.
But Julen Lopetegui blocked an exit for him on the off chance he would need him.
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But it seems Lembikisa could now be permitted a summer move.
Dexter Lembikisa open to leaving Wolves on loan
According to the Express & Star, Lembikisa is now ready for and open to a loan move.
This is the first we’ve head about his stance. Previously, there had been reports that Wolves were ready to sanction a move.
The E&S report that League One side Burton Albion are one of several clubs expressing interest right now. Port Vale are also interested.
Lembikisa has said about next season: “Right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’d like to play more professional games.
“Whether that’s with the first team or going out on loan, I’d definitely be open to going out on loan.
“We’ll have to see what happens. Whatever way it goes, I know I have to keep going and work hard.
“It will come, whatever is due. I’m not too sure what will happen, but I’m open to anything really.”
A loan for Lembikisa would be the right decision by Wolves
Getting Lembikisa out on loan for 2023/24 would be the right move by Wolves.
The Jamaica international regularly impresses for the U21s and there is a feeling now that he is ready to take the next step.
Regular senior football would really help him to develop further.
It is too soon for him to be playing as the regular right-back for Wolves, with Nelson Semedo still very much the number choice.
Lembikisa needs to go away and get settled at an EFL club and make an impression.
He has all the makings of a very good Premier League full-back. If he has a productive year away from Molineux, then perhaps he could be in a place to challenge for a first-team place in 2024.
He’s already on Julen Lopetegui’s radar. Sporting director Matt Hobbs said earlier this year: “He’s worked hard under the new manager, and Julen really likes him. He’s been impressed by his athleticism and by his one-on-one defending, which is excellent.”
So a good stint next season could stand him in very good stead.