Wolves need to sign a new striker in the coming days – and Stuttgart star Sasa Kalajdzic is the latest to be linked with a move to Molineux.
Wanderers are apparently now in talks with the German club.
They apparently want £21 million for the Austria international, and personal terms are being discussed.
Kalajdzic has been with Stuttgart since the summer of 2019.
To date he’s racked up 60 appearances for the club, and scored 24 goals. He unfortunately had to wait almost a full year to make his debut for the club after he tore his cruciate ligament in a pre-season training camp.
But since returning to fitness, Kalajdzic has established himself as one of the best strikers in the Bundesliga. He has recently been the subject of interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Standing at an intimidating 6ft 6in tall, you would assume Kalajdzic’s game revolves around scoring headed goals.
And that is as big part of his game. But according to an in-depth article from The Analyst, there is more to him than meets the eye.
They say: “Standing at 6ft 6in, it should be no surprise that Kalajdzic is prolific in the air – half of his Bundesliga goals have been headers – but he does not just have his height to thank for that output
“Those headers have been varied, with some looping over the goalkeeper and others powered home, but the striker’s movement is consistent, peeling off the shoulder of his marker at the back post before darting across of him and attacking the ball at pace.
“He is a true facilitator. His size and technical ability combined see him hold the ball up excellently, holding off defenders and intelligently holding the ball, beating opponents by pausing for just a second, and waiting for a challenge before shifting the ball in the opposite direction. When there are more teammates around him, he mixes things up, either pausing to wait for a runner or playing the ball first time.”
And Kalajdzic himself has spoken about his game, suggesting he is more than just someone to convert crosses with his head.
He told the Bundesliga’s official website in 2020: “I’m not really a classic target man, not really someone who hangs around the box.
“I played in midfield a lot when I was younger. I try to be a modern striker, despite my height. I think I do that well with my ability and the way I play.
“I’m not a classic number nine, maybe something between a nine and a 10.”
Kalajdzic feels like he’d be a very solid signing for Wolves
Kalajdzic does seem to have a lot of fairly strong attributes.
Lage has spoken previously about wanting someone who can win those aerial duels and the star will obviously have no issues with that given his size.
But it is encouraging that he seemingly has decent technical ability too. And, of course, he scores goals which is probably the most important thing for Wolves at the moment.
It is undoubtedly a transfer link for Wolves fans to be excited about.