Date: 7th April 2021 at 12:30pm
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Tim Spiers has been speaking on the latest episode of The Molineux View podcast to discuss all things Wolverhampton Wanderers following their defeat to on Monday night. 

One positive which was taken from the defeat was the goal from 18-year-old Fabio Silva who has struggled in front of goal this season having only scored three goals in his 24 league appearances this season (via Transfermarkt).

With Wolves struggling for goals without their main man, Raul Jimenez, Spiers noted the free-scoring Rafa Mir who is currently out on loan from the club at La Liga side Huesca.

The Spanish striker has netted 10 league goals this season and in his last four games, he has found the back of the net on four occasions, including twice at the weekend (via Transfermarkt).

As a result, Spiers believes the 23-year-old will have gave Nuno Espirito Santo a decision to make this summer of whether to keep him or cash in on him this summer.

He said: “Two more goals, that’s 13 in 30 in all comps this season, the worst team in La Liga. Another conundrum for Nuno, what do you do with him this summer? Now I wrote a piece about him a few weeks ago, spoke to Robbie Dunne, who’s a La Liga expert, and he said, ‘Look, this guy’s value has rocketed, he’ll have a host of suitors next season in La Liga.’

“So what do you do? Do you bring him back? Do you give him a chance? Personally, I don’t think they will. When Nuno sent him on loan to a Spanish second-tier club for 18 months, that was him saying his mind was made up. I don’t think Nuno was overly impressed with what he saw from Rafa Mir at Compton.  

“So has this season changed Nuno’s mind? I would probably say no; I think his value has rocketed, I think he’d be worth at least £10m now, for a player they paid £1.5m for a few years ago.

“So yeah, this is a conundrum for Wolves in the summer. They’ll have Jimenez back, all being well, they’ve got Fabio Silva. So what do they do? Do they have a third striker to sit on the bench? It’s not really Nuno’s way to have players who are just going to sit on the bench.”

Does Rafa Mir have a future with Wolves?

Yes

Yes

No

No

TIF Thoughts on Spiers’ comments…

The Spanish striker has scored 10 goals in La Liga this season, currently, Wolves’ top scorer in the Premier League is Ruben Neves on just five. Although Wolves will not have considered the significant injury sustained by Jimenez, it does show they were not adequately prepared for the situation if the Mexican suffered an injury.

Spiers does believe Silva has shown potential, however, Wolves currently find themselves in 1 place in the Premier League table and a lack of goals scored (30) is one of the biggest reasons behind that.

Could Rafa Mir return to Wolves in the summer and prove to be a solid back up for Jimenez, or will Wolves cash in on the in-form striker?

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