Portuguese winger Ivan Caveleiro has officially joined Fulham for a season-long loan with the option to buy for the Cottagers.
This marks the second significant departure from Molineux following Helder Costa joining Leeds for £15M (BBC).
In addition to both being Portuguese, a similarity in the exits of Costa and Cavaleiro is that neither of them will be missed.
Ivan Cavaleiro isn’t a Premier League player
Some of the pack have responded to Cavaleiro’s sudden switch from the Black Country to London with despair.
One fan saw it as proof that Fosun are cost-cutting thanks to Wolves being close to breaking FFP rules, meanwhile others pointed out that he’s better than the club’s biggest flop last season, Adama Traore.
No it just heightens the fact that fosun are cost cutting. Wolves are in a lot of debt and very close to overspending on wages in accordance with FFP rules
— Colin Richardson (@Colinricko) July 12, 2019
Better than Traore and Costa. How thin is our bench now? Subs when all are fit would be Gibbs-White, Kilman, Miranda, Ruddy, Traore, Vinagre and Saiss. No goals and no game changers.
— Colin Peppiatt (@ColinPep1) July 12, 2019
While Cavaleiro undoubtedly had a bigger impact than Traore in the Premier League last season, he still isn’t good enough for the topflight of English football.
Nuno Espirito Santo needs players that will push for places in the starting XI and Cavaleiro was never going to do that. He didn’t fit Nuno’s 3-5-2 formation that removed the inclusion of wingers, and he wasn’t nearly clinical enough to partner Raul Jimenez upfront in the absence of Diogo Jota.
Cavaleiro was always someone the pack could rally behind and appreciate because of his hard work and commitment, but Fosun want to improve rather than stagnate and decline. And in order to improve and challenge the top six, bigger and better players need to be brought in.
This is something that can only be achieved through ridding the herd of those who are surplus to requirements. That’s exactly what Costa and Cavaleiro were last season with Nuno favouring both Traore and Ruben Vinagre ahead of them.