Wolves’ goalscoring problems have been very well documented recently – and new head coach Julen Lopetegui ought to keep an eye out for Goncalo Ramos at the World Cup in Qatar.
Wolves have seriously struggled in the final third again this season. The team has hit just eight goals so far in the Premier League.
That is an embarrassing return considering the supposed quality of players in the Wolves squad.
There have been some genuine reasons for the struggles.
The injury to Sasa Kalajdzic was ridiculously unfortunate, while Raul Jimenez has barely featured having struggled with his fitness.
Diego Costa came in as a free agent, but is clearly way past his best.
But despite the lack of a fit-and-firing centre-forward, Wolves should have been much more prolific.
It’s one of the biggest issues Lopetegui must address – and the new manager might believe the answer lies in the transfer market.
Ramos was reportedly considered by Wolves before they made a move for Kalajdzic.
Perhaps inevitably, he has absolutely thrived this season after those links for Benfica, who are very much the team to watch in Europe this season, along with Napoli over in Serie A.
He’s scored 14 goals in 21 games already so far. And he’s also laid on six assists for teammates.
20 goal contributions in 21 games is some return from a 21-year-old. He would surely be a stunning addition for Wanderers.
Wolves should be watching Goncalo Ramos closely at the World Cup
There’s no doubt Wolves need to sign another centre-forward in January.
Relying on Costa and Jimenez for the rest of the campaign just feels too risky.
Ramos likely won’t start for Portugal in Qatar when there is the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Leao, Andre Silva and Joao Felix. But he could well come off the bench as an impact substitute.
Lopetegui ought to just keep his eye out.
Even if Ramos doesn’t do much, this would still be a difficult deal to do given his amazing form with Benfica.
Wolves’ current predicament in terms of league position could also be quite off-putting. Benfica are currently flying high at the top of the Portuguese league.
But Lopetegui is a top coach and might just help Wolves to land quality players who otherwise wouldn’t be all that keen.