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Despite the riches they already possess, Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly looking to bring in another defender in January and moves are already afoot, with 24-year-old Rashid Sumaila apparently on their wish list.
Currently plying his trade with Al Qadsia, the defender has impressed plenty of watchers during his spell in Kuwait including the Wolves scouts and also those of Rangers in Scotland. Sumaila, in fact, was a target of the Glasgow club during the summer and the link is obvious given that current Gers boss Pedro Caixinha managed him in Qatar.
Caixinha signed Sumaila on loan from Al Qadsia during his time in the Middle East and was very much a fan of his. The player might be keen to join with Caixinha once again so Wolves will have to offer an attractive package. Here’s what we know so far:
Born in the Central Region of Ghana, Sumaila played his early football at the Ebusua Dwarfs during a near decade-long youth career. He was promoted to first team duty there in 2010 and went on to play for the Dwarfs for two years, before a move to Asante Kokoto.
Spells there and at Mamelodi Sundowns saw him come to the attention of Kuwaiti champions Al Qadsia and he moved there, initially on loan, in 2015. Having spent time in Qatar on loan at Al-Gharafa he is already well-travelled and looks ready for a move to England.
Although he is capable of playing at right-back if necessary, Sumaila’s strength and ruggedness make him the ideal centre-half and it’s in that position he has made his name.
Also Capable of causing problems in the opposition box from corners and free-kicks, his main attributes are at the back, in blocking and tackling, and it’s in this area that Wolves can see some potential improvement, despite the form of players such as Conor Coady.
In terms of the number of games played at a good level, Sumaila is of course very inexperienced in terms of the world game. He is quite a physical specimen though and on that score, he would not have to worry about the hustle and bustle of the English game, something some foreign players struggle with initially, especially those from western Europe.
Given the nature and location of the scouts keeping tabs on him, his short to medium term future lies somewhere in Britain, though which side of the England/Scotland border will be is still open to question.