It was announced today that Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ecuadorian international, Leonardo Campana, has joined Swiss club Grasshopper Club Zurich on a season-long loan.

The move will not come as a surprise to many fans, given the side’s links with Wolves, with both having Fosun connections.

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Following the move, Wolves’ technical director Scott Sellars spoke to the club’s official website about his hopes and ambitions for Campana, 20, going into the current season.

Sellars comments on Campana’s time at Wolves

Sellars told Wolves’s official website: “Last year was difficult for Leonardo. When he did play, he scored goals, but it was a tough season with the injury and Covid, so we didn’t have many opportunities to see him play.”

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Aged 20, Campana joined Wolves in January 2020, signing permanently from Barcelona Guayaquil.

Last summer, he joined Famalicao on loan alongside other Wolves players Bruno Jordao and Ruben Vinagre. Injury and COVID-19 meant he only made nine appearances yet managed to score a couple of goals.

He will join fellow Wolves players Tote Gomes and Leo Bonatini at his new club. He will also be playing under the watchful eye of Sporting Director, Seyi Olofinjana, who previously played for Wolves and was head of their loan department.

Speaking about Campana fitting in it at Grasshoppers, Sellars said:

 

“Grasshoppers will be a great experience for him to go and progress his career and gain experience. It’s an advantage to him and us that people there know him already, and he knows people there.

“We think it’s a really good opportunity for him to get some more experience and progress, and hopefully it’ll be very positive for all parties.”

Does Campana have a future at Wolves?

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Given he made little impact in Portugal last season, fans may be wondering whether there are any genuine first-team prospects for Campana.

That being said, he did feature at this summer’s Copa America in Brazil, gaining invaluable experience by making four appearances.

He should also look to Rafa Mir, who struggled initially to make an impact on loan away from Wolves before having a breakthrough season in LaLiga last campaign, scoring 13 league goals.

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