Nuno’s missing link: Exciting playmaker would help Wolves thrive on the biggest stage – opinion

If there were any doubts over Wolves’ potential heading into a second season in the Premier League, then look no further than the transfer business they’re looking to conclude.

A deal for Patrick Cutrone was confirmed last Tuesday, whilst they’re also chasing hot prospect Ruben Dias from Benfica and AC Milan’s Franck Kessie.

If that wasn’t enough, moves for Gedson Fernandes according to Record (via Sport Witness) and Sami Khedira, per Sky Sports Italia (via Football Italia) are also being thrown about.

Yet, the icing on top of the cake would perhaps be a La Masia product, a talented Spaniard who grew up playing among some of the very best Catalonia has to offer.

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The name in question is Dani Olmo, a midfielder linked to the club last weekend in a deal that could be worth €25m plus a €5m bonus, which comes to a total of €30m (£27.6m). He wouldn’t be the first to walk through the doors having learnt his trade at Barcelona’s heralded youth academy, though.

Of course, Adama Traore is a Barcelona graduate and current Wolves player but supporters will surely be hoping their potential new addition will make a far greater impact.

Traore arrived last summer after the Midlands outfit exercised his £18m buyout clause. His form since, though, hasn’t lived up to expectation.

It’s a move that so far hasn’t paid off, but there are plenty of reasons to believe Olmo’s would.

He was one of the star players for Spain as they won the U21 European Championships this summer.

The 21-year-old was their top scorer as he finished the tournament with three strikes to his name, adding an assist in the process too.

Olmo is an attacking midfielder by trade and has shown his true qualities in the past year since taking a career path that’s almost the reverse of what you’d expect.

He moved to Dinamo Zagreb almost at a similar time as Alen Halilovic made the opposite move, arriving in Spain after developing in Croatia.

But in many senses, Olmo is Wolves’ missing piece of the puzzle: at the moment, they have someone to link the defence and midfield, but not many players capable of linking midfield into attack.

Of course, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are both creative outlets but they sit deeper and prefer to dictate the play.

Wolves’ transfer target, however, is someone who gets at the defender and likes to work within tight spaces. In the Europa League in 2018/19, he completed three dribbles per game whilst also laying on two key passes every 90 minutes.

That is perhaps the finest indication of the glowing qualities he can bring to a Wolves side who missed a direct number 10 last season.

Nuno Santo often preferred to line up with three men in midfield, with Leander Dendoncker playing alongside Neves and Moutinho in the second half of last season.

And as a result, that meant that Morgan Gibbs-White was restricted to just five Premier League starts.

Therefore, Olmo can change the nature of Wolves’ attack and could well have Nuno changing shape slightly.

The Spaniard is as good in front of goal as he is in creating opportunities. For Zagreb last term, he scored 12 and assisted nine in all competitions.

With that in mind, he could be the missing piece in terms of Wolves’ midfield.

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He is a far more dynamic player than anyone they have in their squad and if you consider that factor, he can be one of the individuals to help take his potential new side to the next level.

Behind Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez, they lacked goals. The fact Matt Doherty and Willy Boly were the joint third-highest scorers tells the story.

Not only will Olmo provide the club with a bigger goal threat, averaging 1.6 shot per game in the Europa League last season, but he’ll also be game-changing for their two strikers.

The young midfielder has proven himself in pressured situations already, so this could be an ideal signing as Wolves look to break into the top six and progress in Europe.

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