Wolves journalist Nathan Judah thinks that the club might not sign a new striker during the upcoming transfer window.
Goals have certainly been a problem for Wolves this season with no player scoring more than five this campaign. A far cry from where they were in 2019/20 when they had two players reach double digits and five players scoring more than five goals.
Those numbers were obviously hampered by the injury to Raul Jimenez and the sale of Diogo Jota. And whilst Fabio Silva has done his best after his big-money move last summer with five, there’s still a lot of his play that is based on potential based on his age rather than what he can deliver right away.
But moving into next season is a different matter, and speaking on the E&S Wolves podcast (27:44), Judah felt that if Jimenez returns from his injury and is back to his incredible form and Silva serves as his backup, there may not be any need for the club to buy anyone in the summer transfer window:
“I’m not sure whether they will get another striker now to be honest. Maybe, but Fabio’s done that [backup role] well. If Raul [Jimenez] is good to go can Fabio be the understudy for the season? Yes, potentially.”
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Judah’s comments are pretty much based on the assumption that Jimenez comes back and is at least comparable to the player he was before his injury, which is putting a lot of faith on his shoulders that he’ll be the man he was.
If this season has taught Wolves anything, it’s that they need strength in depth and quality in depth too, just in case Jimenez isn’t back to his best, suffers another injury, or if they need to tweak formations and play with more men up top.
It probably shouldn’t be the priority, especially with players like Rafa Mir and Patrick Cutrone coming back into the fold as well, but it shouldn’t necessarily be a position that they throw away and totally dismiss either.