The players Wolves have brought in on loan this season have certainly enjoyed mixed fortunes. I thought it would be worth taking a look at them individually and assessing the chances of their respective deals becoming permanent. Here goes…
If there’s one player I’d put my house (well, apartment) on Wolves signing permanently in the summer it would have to be the powerful midfielder. He’s done fantastically since arriving in January; forcing his way into the team and showing he has all the attributes to shine in the Premiership. I think I’m correct in saying a deal has already been thrashed with Charleroi and I’ll be amazed if Wolves don’t take up that option, regardless of which division we’re in.
In or Out: In
Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
I think it’s fair to say our other January signing from Belgium hasn’t done quite so well. Bia featured in both cup games against Palace and struggled to make any sort of impact. He did come off the bench away at Hull and nearly scored the winner; stinging the palms of Boaz Myhill with a powerful drive. Since then though, he hasn’t even made the squad, so it’s difficult to see how he’s possibly going to do enough to earn a permanent transfer.
In or Out: Out
When the Ecuadorian midfielder rocked up in the dying seconds of the summer transfer window, it looked like he might have a major role to play. He slotted in well alongside Henry and was particularly impressive against Fulham in a rare home win. After that, he played a handful of games, did OK but then inexplicably vanished into thin air. Strange. Mick obviously thinks he has better options and it’s difficult to argue, looking at the players ahead of Castillo in the pecking order. So unless there’s a significant development, he’ll probably be on the first plane back to Belgrade.
In or Out: Out
This is the most interesting one for me. The young Chelsea defender has featured in nearly every game this season and his versatility has made him an important player within the squad. Mick would love to sign him up, I have no doubt about that, but the decision is likely to be out of his hands.
First off and perhaps most crucially, is the lad interested in staying? I believe the answer to that is ‘no’, given what I’ve read in various interviews throughout the season. He seems keen to head back to Stamford Bridge and have another crack at getting in the mix there. However, if Chelsea made it clear he was surplus to requirements, he might well have a change of heart. He seems to enjoy his football at Molineux so perhaps if he feels he has to move somewhere, it might as well be to somewhere he’s already settled.
My instinct tells me there’s a deal to be done at the end of the season, but the fee would have to be right for Wolves. If Chelsea want silly money – I’m talking five or six million plus – I think we should take our business elsewhere. In my opinion, there’s better players available for that kind of money, who can have a bigger impact on the team. However, if a fee somewhere in the region of three to four million could be thrashed out, it might be worth taking a punt.
It goes without saying that if we’re relegated, any potential deal would immediately be down the toilet.
In or Out: ?
Anyway, that’s my assessment of the Loan Rangers. What’s yours?