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Wolves: Journalist suggests target could have similar traits to Van Dijk

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Midlands journalist Josh Holland has compared Wolverhampton Wanderers target David Carmo’s work on and off the ball to Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Liverpool defender is arguably the best defender in the world, making the comparison some praise by Holland, who clearly rates Carmo, telling GiveMeSport when asked about the defender:

“Wolves very rarely put the ball up top.

“I think that was mainly to avoid Jiménez going up for headers, especially at the start of the season, it was a lot of keeping the ball on the floor, keeping bringing it out of defence, and I can’t imagine they will change their style of play.

“So, they could be getting a defender who’s good on the ball whilst defending balls over the top, like how van Dijk does with his very good body positioning.

“That’s quite important for Wolves to get sorted.”

Wolves could certainly do with all the help they can get in aiding Raul Jimenez’s return to his best. The Mexican understandably struggled at times last season, as he returned from what could have been a career-ending head injury.

By bringing in a central defender who fits the style that Wolves play through Jimenez, the striker could hit goalscoring form once more – something that would be a major boost for Bruno Lage’s side. The Midlands club only managed to score 38 goals in the Premier League last season, and clearly had a weakness going forward. Ahead of next season, one way or another, they will hope to solve that problem.

According to O Jogo, Wolves have their sights set on Carmo, who is reportedly valued at £38.6 million by current club SC Braga.

TIF Thoughts on Holland’s Comments…

The ‘fantastic’ defender would be an astute acquisition for the Midlands club. When comparing current Wolves centre-back Conor Coady, it becomes clear that Carmo would compliment the club captain well, and cover for his weaknesses bringing the ball forward from the back.

As per Squawka, Carmo made more forward passes than Coady, as well as making more interceptions. It seems as though the defender would be an in deal fit on paper.

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