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With reports emanating this week from the football world that Liverpool may be interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers’ central midfielder Romain Saiss, the Midlands club would need to guard against derailing their promotion campaign by allowing an important player to leave without replacing him.
Before we get into who could come in to replace him though, I would urge people at this point to take the rumours with a pinch of salt. Firstly, the reports have come from reporters in his home country, Morocco, who have a loftier view of his ability than the rest of the football world and naturally so.
By all accounts, Saiss is not as good as Ruben Neves and is a part of a very slick team right now, something which makes them great as a unit but not always terrific as individuals. On his own, could he go to Liverpool and make a difference to their side? I would say it’s doubtful. In any event though, here are two potential players who could replace him in the Wolves midfield.
The 23-year-old Portuguese would fit into this squad nicely and would surely complement Ruben Neves in the middle of the park.
He’s been in great form this season for his club and not in easy circumstances going up against the Primeira Liga’s big boys. Sa has been a consistent performer, starting 11 games this term, something which means plenty to Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
The fact that he is Portuguese and plays for a Portuguese club also helps matters, with Wolves having excellent links in that part of the world already, which would perhaps grease the wheels a little.
Another consistent central midfield player is Marko Vejinovic, AZ’s 27-year-old Dutchman. With a pass completion rate above 86% he certainly knows how to keep the ball and keep things ticking along; a key thing Santo looks for when choosing his midfield.
Wolves’ setup is a sort of chalk and cheese one. Up front, they have some of the best individual talents you are ever likely to witness at Championship level; Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleira, Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini could all arguably play in the Premier League and each can win a game on their own.
From the central midfield backwards though, it’s about more than the sum of its parts and the coach concentrates very much on the team ethic. No individuals, simply well-oiled cogs who can keep things moving. Vejinovic falls into this category.