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As per an earlier report by The Mirror, Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers were interested in luring striker Andre Gray back to Molineux last summer. Ultimately, he joined the Hornets after spending quite some time with Burnley. In my opinion, Wolves could benefit by making an attempt to re-sign him. The player could be tempted to join his hometown club once more, especially if a lucrative offer is submitted on the table.
With a lot of money being pumped in by Wolves’ Chinese owners, they are more than capable of meeting Watford’s demands and the club should ideally not have any hesitation about selling him. And with Premier League promotion on the cards, Wolves do stand a good chance of signing Gray.
In doing so, the 26-year-old will have a chance of returning to his youth club. Gray played for the Wolves academy until the age of 13 and then chose to join Shrewsbury Town.
As far as his tenure with Watford is concerned, Gray has done quite decently. The Hornets have been through several ups and downs this season but the players deserve credit for standing strong through it all. With Marco Silva in charge, the club made it to the top-six but his influence gradually deteriorated and Watford suffered majorly.
Eventually, the club chose to let him go and brought in Javi Gracia as his replacement. Since then, the sails have been steady.
In such trying times, Gray has managed to score 4 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for the club. To be fair, the player has greater potential and perhaps a move to Wolves could ignite him and push him to do better. With 13 starts in the Premier League this season, Gray’s performances have been decent but not spectacular.
However, we have all seen flashes of his brilliance and a manager like Nuno Espirito Santo could help him reach his untapped potential.
Furthermore, playing for the Wolves will certainly prove to be quite challenging next term. However, they have the likes of Helder Costa, Ivan Cavaleiro and Rafa Mir as permanent options with Benik Afobe, Leo Bonatini and Diogo Jota on loan. The club will undoubtedly make an attempt to secure permanent deals for Bonatini and Jota but in case they fail to do so, a move for Gray would make sense.
Winning the Championship will be an achievement for the club but the real challenge will start once they play the big boys in the Premier League and at a time like that, Gray could bring in experience and power into the attack.