Wolves’ on-loan star Francisco Trincao is reportedly not going anywhere this month.
There had been a bit of speculation about the 21-year-old’s future in the weeks leading up to the January transfer window.
There was a claim that Xavi wanted to take the youngster back.
Trincao has made an indifferent start to life at Molineux.
We have seen glimpses of his ability, but he has largely blown hot and cold up to now.
Trincao has scored just the one goal for Wolves so far – against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup back in August.
He has yet to get off the mark in the Premier League, having played 16 games.
Bruno Lage certainly believes in Trincao’s potential though, and has been handing him opportunities despite not always taking them.
Despite whispers of Trincao perhaps heading back to his parent club amid his inconsistency, The Athletic report that Trincao is going to stay at the club until the end of the season, as per the original agreement.
That agreement also included an option to buy clause for Wolves worth around £25 million (Sky Sports).
Wolves right to retain Francisco Trincao for full season
It is good that Trincao will not be leaving Wolves early.
Yes, he’s probably had a bit of an underwhelming start. And he has been coming in for a bit of criticism from some people who don’t think he suits English football.
But it’s clear to see that Lage sees a player in there. He wouldn’t be giving him so many chances if he didn’t.
Pedro Neto also took time to adapt to English football, before flourishing in his second term.
Trincao, like Neto, is a technician who could very well go the same way.
It would definitely be too hasty for Wolves to agree to send him back to Barcelona right now, so this information from The Athletic is positive.
Perhaps Wolves will ultimately decide not to sign him permanently. But surely the club cannot make that decision based off what he’s shown in just half a season.