Wolves are reportedly interested in a potential January swoop for Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku.
Bruno Lage is keen to sign another centre-back in the next window, after club officials were unable to land somebody in the summer.
Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss all departed, and only Nathan Collins came in.
Wolves did try to bring in Craig Dawson from West Ham United. But the Irons ultimately didn’t want to sell because their move for Jan Bednarek fell through.
Wolves currently have just four centre-halves on their books, with Collins currently serving a three-game suspension.
Ghanasoccernet reported over the weekend that Djiku could be a January target for Wolves.
The club were in talks with him on deadline day, but it was decided Dawson would be the focus.
Djiku has featured in eight games for Strasbourg so far in 2022/23, and here is how he compares to Wolves’ first-choice pairing Collins and Maximilian Kilman, who have each played seven league games.
Strasbourg are a team that have struggled so far this term. They are yet to win having played eight games, and they have had to do a lot of defending. So Djiku has been heavily involved.
So far, he’s made 15 tackles, for a success rate of 45.5%. Collins has made four tackles (42.9%) and Kilman has made six (44.4%). In terms of the percentages, he is very slightly outperforming the Wolves pair.
Djiku has been dribbled past six times. Collins has been dribbled past four times, and Kilman three.
Djiku has applied a lot of pressures so far, with 71 across his eight appearances. That is much more than Collins (29) and Kilman (25). That said, he has the lowest success rate at 33.8%. Collins has 34.5% and Kilman has an impressive 60%.
In terms of combined tackles and interceptions, Djiku is ahead with 29. Collins has a combined 17, and Kilman has 20.
For clearances, Djiku (43) beats Collins (29) and only slightly trails Kilman (46).
And interestingly, Djiku has made one error leading to a goal, whereas Collins and Kilman are both yet to be at fault.
Lage wants his centre-backs to be good on the ball.
And Djiku is decent in this aspect, but not quite as strong as Collins and Kilman who are both really strong distributors.
Djiku has so far completed 383 passes from 476 attempted, giving him a success rate of 80.5%.
Collins has completed 361 from 394, giving him a rate of 91.6%.
And Kilman is just slightly below his teammate in terms of accuracy, completing 366 from 418, giving him a rate of 87.6%.
Djiku’s short passing is quite solid at 89.35%. But his longer passing is what he could perhaps improve on. It currently only stands at 63.7%. That’s a bit lower than Collins (76.9%) and Kilman (68.1%)
Goals and assists
Such a category is not particularly important for centre-backs.
But Djiku has scored one goal so far in 2022/23, which came against Reims in Strasbourg’s third league game.
Collins and Kilman are both yet to get off the mark this season in terms of goals and assists.
Interestingly, Djiku has actually registered six shots so far, compared to one for Collins and none for Kilman.
This suggests him as being a little bit more of an offensive threat than the Wolves pair.