Could Andre Silva guarantee promotion for Wolves?

Wolverhampton Wonderers are a club on the rise. They currently sit handsomely at the top of The Championship, and no one looks like catching them. Premier League promotion seems inevitable, and it looks like they’re already starting to plan ahead for next season.888Sport have them odds on to gain promotion to the Premier league and rightly so.

Since their take over in 2016 by mega rich Chinese owners Fosun International, the club has been splashing the clash on a wealth of exciting European talents. These deals have coincided with the clubs new manager, NunoEspirito Santo, a client of super-agent Jorge Medes. Mega bucks, ambition and Mendes’ immense influence have been the reason behind Wolves’ rise this season, and the latest links to Andre Silvashow just how ambitious the midlands club actually is.

Despite huge hype, and a positive early start in the Europa League qualifiers, the Portuguese striker has failed to justify his hefty price tag. On top of this, AC Milan are failing to hit the heights that were expected following a summer of big spending, meaning this move may not be out of the question. To top it off, like Ruben Neves, Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro and Diogo Jota who have already made the move to Wolves,Andre Silva is a client of Jorge Mendes.

Early reports have suggested that Wolves initial offer for Silva was around the £34m mark, an incredible fee for a Championship club. A fee of this magnitude may be pocket change for their mega rich owners, but it shows that they are looking at much more than just this season. Attracting Silva to the club would be an even bigger coup to that of Ruben Neves, who reportedly turned down both Liverpool and Juventus to join.

Promotion to the Premier League is worth at least £170m to a club, so Silva’s fee and wages could possibly be justified by the club’s potential future earnings, but even with that in mind, it is still difficult to justify. Planning transfers on future earnings is a sign of ambition, but also naivety – even with this addition, Wolves would still require reinforcements to survive with the big boys if they were to succeed. If Silva’s fee comes out of the summer’s earnings it will reduce the amount they have to spend in the summer, and it’s likely the club will once again have to dip into its owner’s seemingly bottomless pockets.

So far this season, Leo Bonatini has led the line, and has done well, netting 12 goals in The Championship this term, but there is a clear lack of depth in this area of the pitch. Recent arrival Rafa Mir will add competition, but a signing like Andre Silva would be a game changer IF he performs to the levels expected.

Wolves’ squad is already very strong, and their young stars have shown that they are more than capable of mixing it in rough and ready nature of The Championship, so this signing could be all they need to progress. But, that is relying on Silva hitting the ground running. If his form is anything like it’s been for Milan, Wolves could have an expensive flop on their hands.

With that in mind, Silva’s addition would simply be a bonus and a major squad moral boost. But, the key for Wolves’ success this season is not new arrivals; it’s keeping Ruben Neves fit. Neves has been the dominant force in this team this season, and he’s showing why his arrival was greeted with such hype – keep him fit, and in form, and Wolves will be promoted at a canter.