Wolves‘ signing of Nelson Semedo from Barcelona has proven to be something of a disaster, as the Portuguese right-back has seen his value drop off a cliff since his move to Molineux, while he is also struggling for regular game time in Bruno Lage’s side.
The Old Gold paid £37m to Barcelona to sign the full-back in September 2020, with Jeff Shi describing Semedo as “world-class” following his arrival.
However, his performances since then have been far from world-class, with Lage now regularly selecting Jonny ahead of the former Benfica man at right-back.
During his time at Wolves, Semedo has made 69 appearances in total, contributing two goals and three assists, but he has featured in just 190 minutes of Premier League action so far this season with two starts.
Last season saw the 28-year-old make 25 appearances in the top-flight for Wolves, in which he failed to score and provided just one assist, averaging a solid, if unspectacular, 6.82 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Has Semedo been a disaster for Wolves?
Although Semedo has often looked dangerous going forward, his defensive attributes have never been particularly impressive, as he ranked as the tenth-best player in Wolves’ squad last season for blocks and interceptions, while he was ranked seventh for clearances, which suggests he could have offered a lot more.
It was no surprise, therefore, that the Athletic’s Tim Spiers described Semedo as a “liability at the back” in 2021, but sadly his attacking displays have also not been up to scratch in recent seasons.
His one goal contribution last season was another reason why the Old Gold struggled so much in the final third, while he ranked ninth for average key passes per game in Lage’s squad, which suggests that he wasn’t particularly creative.
The CIES football observatory now rates Semedo at €15m (£13m), which emphasises how much his stock has fallen during his time with the Old Gold, and the club must surely regret paying Barcelona so much to sign the £77k-per-week defender two years ago.