Francisco Trincao, on loan from Wolves, is unlikely to stay at Molineux beyond this summer, according to journalist Ryan Taylor.
The Lowdown: Trincao disappoints on loan
The Portuguese striker moved to the Black County on loan from Barcelona last summer, looking to enjoy regular football and become a key part of Bruno Lage’s plans.
However, he has struggled to make an impact throughout the 2021/22 campaign, scoring just twice in 28 Premier League appearances and registering just one assist.
There is the £25million option for Wolves to sign the 22-year-old permanently this summer, but that doesn’t seem likely to be triggered.
The Latest: expected summer release
Talk to GiveMeSport, Taylor claimed Wolves were not keen on keeping Trincao, who could be set to return to his homeland. The journalist explains:
“I don’t think Wolves are going to exercise their option to buy. He’s a player with huge potential and he’s shown in previews that he has a lot of quality, but it didn’t really work out for a reason or another.
“It looks like he could go to Sporting on loan, but Lage seemed to suggest the other day that no decision has been made yet, but I expect him not to be signed permanently. The figure is £25million, which is obviously quite substantial.
The Verdict: Proper Wolves Call
Although Trincao is a talented young player – former Wolves ace Dave Edwards recently dubbed him ‘tremendous’ – he hasn’t done enough this season to suggest he’s worth a £25million investment .
His end product was sorely lacking too often, as his aforementioned stats highlight, while his overall performance saw him ranked 15th in WhoScored’s metrics for the campaign. Besides, Lage also already has some decent wide options in the squad, such as Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence.
The money that would have been spent on Trincao can instead go towards a new attacking signing this summer – something Wolves badly need after a meager comeback of 38 top-flight goals in as many games this season.
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