Despite a superb run of three wins in as many games, and keeping three clean sheets in the process, Wolves fans could be forgiven for feeling slightly nervous ahead of January’s annual transfer merry-go-round.
Attacking midfielder Michal Zyro has already landed in Wolverhampton following a move from Polish giants Legia Warsaw, and it is rumoured that Newcastle central defender Mike Williamson will soon be joining him. After a successful loan spell in the West Midlands at the end of last year, the move would suit all parties with the Magpies looking to cash in on the defender.
However, further additions may be required following Derby County’s rumoured interest in the club’s star striker, Benik Afobe. The forward is considered hot property after finding the net 23 times in nearly a half century of appearances for Wolves. Afobe remains the only Wolves player to reach double figures this term, after the club rejected numerous bids from Norwich City back in the summer.
It is rumoured that the Rams will be prepared to spend a Championship record fee to secure the forward’s services. With that in mind, I have identified three possible replacements.
The Walsall number nine has been in good form this season. His 12 goals have helped his team to a healthy third place in League One, despite a heavy 3-0 defeat against Rochdale last time out. With only 18 months left on his current deal, the Saddlers may look to sell him instead of allowing him to leave for free at the end of next season.
Standing at 6ft tall, Bradshaw is another direct forward with notable speed and is looking increasingly likely to want a move away from the Banks’ Stadium. He was also called up to Chris Coleman’s Wales squad for the first time back in November, and is rumoured to be looking to test himself at Championship level to try and cement a place in the squad for Euro 2016 this summer.
Cummings has netted 15 times for Hibernian this season. He has represented Scotland at Under-21 level and is rapidly approaching a century of appearances for the Scottish side, who currently sit in third place in the Scottish Championship.
After such success in a notoriously physical league, there is no reason as to why Cummings could not be as useful in English football’s second tier, with age certainly on his side as he is only 20.
He possesses genuine pace and dribbling ability, and would be a useful addition to any side at Championship level. Other clubs including Reading are said to be interested in the forward, which is no surprise as Cummings has proven to be a real gem on Football Manger this season!
The Bermudan striker seems to have been linked with a move to Molineux in every transfer window of late. Currently playing for Huddersfield Town, the 25-year-old has been in a rich vein of form recently, scoring three goals in three games, helping the Terriers to seven points from a possible nine.
He has netted eight times in total this season, and is approaching thirty since moving from Bradford City in 2014. The pacey forward is flourishing in David Wagner’s favoured 4-2-3-1 system at the John Smith’s Stadium, which is a similar tactic often employed by Wolves Head Coach, Kenny Jackett.
Whilst operating behind a striker, Wells has been effective in linking the midfield and attack and providing a driving force during counter attacks, something which I feel Wolves currently lack. Although David Edwards’ tireless hard work is commendable, I think that Wells would instead be better suited to partner another striker, with Edwards being relegated to the ‘super-sub’ role.
Last week, Grant Holt packed his bags and returned to Wigan Athletic following a goalless loan spell. With Adam Le Fondre also finding goals hard to come by in Nouha Dicko’s long-term absence, if Afobe does leave Molineux this month it will be imperative that the club find a suitable replacement, and fast!