The 20-year-old hasn’t really made much of an impact at Molineux, only making seven appearances for the first team following his progression through the academy. And that lack of playing time might have had an impact on his recent decision to turn down a new contract at the club, whilst he also has faced some interest from clubs abroad for his services.
Speaking about his contract details on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, Keen broke down the situation and claimed that Wolves have a lot more control over the matter than it might look:
“He’s had moments, but he’s not had enough moments. Seemingly a bit frustrated at the lack of game time and now, seemingly, looking elsewhere.
“Interest from Wolfsburg and Anderlecht is genuine. I understand the reports that he’d turned down a Wolves contract are accurate.
“But just to make it clear to fans, he has one year left on his contract, but Wolves also have another year option in their favour, which means that essentially it’s two years, really. It’s not in the player’s favour, it’s in Wolves’ favour. So it’s essentially a two-year deal still, which leaves Wolves in a fairly good negotiation standpoint.”
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If Keen’s analysis of the position is right, then he’s right to think Wolves are in the driving seat when it comes to controlling his future and it could certainly be beneficial for them in the long run.
They can either sell him off this summer and get some money for him, or they can extend his deal for another 12 months and loan him out in the hope that his value increases and they can make even more money from a sale next summer.
If it doesn’t look like he’s going to get a place in the first team – and based on the past few seasons, that would appear to be the case – then they need to start looking for a future for him outside the club, but in such a way that works best for them financially.