Wolves failed with a summer offer to sign Michy Batshuayi and that disappointment was hammered home on Wednesday as the Belgium star scored the winner in their World Cup opener.
Reports in the summer claimed that Bruno Lage was keen to sign the striker from Chelsea to address his old side’s attacking woes, after they managed just 38 goals in the top flight last season, which was the fewest of any team to avoid relegation.
Things have become even worse in the current campaign, with just eight goals to their name in 15 Premier League fixtures, which leaves them bottom of the top flight at Christmas, with very few attacking options to choose from.
Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto and new signing Sasa Kalajdzic have all spent much of the current campaign on the sidelines through injury, while panic signing Diego Costa has offered next to nothing in the attack with zero goals so far.
Therefore, signing a forward with Premier League experience such as Batshuayi would have surely been a good idea for Wolves, but they would ultimately lose out on the 29-year-old to Fenerbahce, as he joined on a free transfer.
Should Wolves have signed Batshuayi?
This would have represented excellent business for the Old Gold, as his form so far in Turkey suggests that he could have definitely offered a goalscoring option at Molineux.
In just 13 appearances (seven starts) for the Turkish giants, the former Chelsea man has an impressive eight goals, which is double the most of any Wolves player this season, as Ruben Neves currently leads the way with four goals in the top-flight.
The “incredible” Batshuayi, as dubbed by Antonio Conte, has now shown his class and goal scoring instincts on the biggest of stages too, with the forward having scored the only goal in Belgium’s win against Canada in Qatar on Wednesday night.
Toby Alderweireld’s long ball over the top found the striker in space and he emphatically finished on his left foot to earn the Red Devils all three points, in a game which was surprisingly dominated by Canada.
Wolves’ lack of goals this season has been a huge part of their dreadful form and new manager Julen Lopetegui will surely be wishing that his predecessor pushed harder to sign Batshuayi in the summer.