Wolves Opinion: Dylan Mbayo could be a handy addition to the club’s development squad
According to Birmingham Live, Wolves have been credited with an interest in Belgian starlet Dylan Mbayo, with reports claiming that the Black Country outfit are in the market for some promising youngsters.
Mbayo, who currently plies his trade with Sporting Lokeren in the Belgian top-flight, broke into the first-team last season and made a couple of appearances in the league, registering one assist in the process.
However, if Wolves are genuinely interested in the 17-year-old Belgian youth international, they would need to fend off interest from Premier League newcomers Norwich City, as well as German side Hannover 96, Birmingham Live understands.
It is pretty apparent that Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to spread his nets in the various leagues across the continent following Wolves’ incredible success in the Premier League upon their return to the top-flight last summer.
And Dylan Mbayo seems to be the latest addition to the manager’s wishlist, as he gets his preparations underway for the qualifying rounds of the Europa League in August.
Wolves have shown an inclination to supplement their youth and development sides with some top-quality talent from far and wide in recent times and they are probably aware of the fact that they would eventually need to polish a few gems of their own if they are to carve out an identity for themselves in the Premier League in the years to come.
With the help of Iberian super-agent Jorge Mendes, the Black Country outfit have already enriched their ranks with some top-quality stars over the past couple of years but investing in burgeoning young talents is the right way forward for any club, to be honest.
Dylan Mbayo is not a household name in Europe by any means but it seems that the youngster’s talent and potential have convinced the club’s scouting network that the Belgian is one for the future.
Mbayo is not the only Belgian youth international to have been linked with a move to the Premier League, however, as Norwich City have already raided the Belgian league for two other promising youngsters this summer.
The Canaries have confirmed the signings of centre-back Rocky Bushiri and left-back Rob Nizet, with both the players linking up with the club’s U23 development squad. And Mbayo might be the next to follow his compatriots to English football, with a view to establishing himself in the Premier League in the future.
Born in Belgium to parents of African heritage, Mbayo made rapid progress through the youth ranks at Lokeren before enjoying his first-team breakthrough last season.
Essentially a left-footed wide player, the 17-year-old prefers to play on the left-hand side of the pitch, although he is more than capable of operating out wide on the right and further up the pitch as a striker.
Plus, Mbayo is a regular for Belgium at the youth level, having represented his nation at all youth levels starting from U-16 to U-19.
Not much is known about his strengths and weaknesses, given that he has only just made his way into the senior scheme of things, but we can certainly conclude that he is a talented player.
It is highly unlikely that Wolves are looking at him as someone who could play a part in their Premier League campaign next season and, even if a move does materialize, Mbayo would link up with the club’s development squad.
The availability of top-notch training facilities in English football coupled with the intense level of competition should help him hone his skills a lot better and Wolves might as well have a gem on their hands if he goes on to fulfil his potential at Molineux.
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Mbayo is not going to cost Wolves a fortune and it should be an absolute no-brainer for them to snap him up for a thrifty fee this summer, with a view to increasing competition among their youth ranks.