Wolverhampton Wanderers could be heading back to Barcelona for loan targets…
What’s the word?
According to Spanish outlet Sport, due to Barcelona’s struggles with registering players, precocious youngster Nico Gonzalez has been touted out for loan.
Wolves are the club who have shown the most interest, with the relationship with both the club and Jorge Mendes said to be aiding matters.
The La Liga giants do not want to sell the midfielder, so Bruno Lage would have to settle for just one year of the Spaniard.
He would add much-needed depth
Wolves’ connection with Barcelona could once again come to fruition here, as they look to add another body to a midfield going through something of a transitional phase.
With Joao Moutinho now 35 years old and Ruben Neves strongly linked with a move away from the club, the stability that this highly-rated youngster could bring to Molineux would be invaluable.
Should Wolves sign Nico Gonzalez?
It would ensure the former that he would not be overused throughout the season, whilst reinforcing their ambition to Neves by shopping from football’s top shelf again.
The 20-year-old Spaniard had something of a breakout season in 2021/22, featuring 36 times for Barcelona’s first team across La Liga, the Supercopa, the Copa del Rey and both the Champions League and the Europa League. This one campaign has already seen him earn more high-level experience than many players obtain in a whole career.
The £10k-per-week maestro impressed greatly last term and was lauded as “spectacular” last summer by former Barcelona player Cesc Fabregas, a claim which is backed up by the youngster’s statistical returns.
He ranked in the top 1% for dribbles completed and top 4% for progressive carries per 90 among positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues, outlining him as a dynamic midfielder with the ability to drive his team up the pitch.
Allying this with 2.67 shot-creating actions per match further suggests that he could certainly add something to the Old Gold midfield, which has lacked such dynamism in recent years – Neves was the only Wolves player in that area to score more than two league goals last term.
Seen as part of a “very talented generation” at Camp Nou, a full season with some added Premier League experience could be beneficial for both clubs and for the player, whilst also strengthening Wolves’ bond with one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Bruno Lage could definitely do worse than to have a La Masia graduate with the world at his feet dictating play in midfield, and the 20-year-old would likely push those already at Molineux to earn their places in the team.