Wolves opinion: Why Jesus Vallejo could be a real coup for Wolves
According to BBC, Wolves have initiated talks with La Liga giants Real Madrid over a potential loan deal for Spanish U21 centre-back Jesus Vallejo, with the report claiming that manager Nuno Santo is keen to make a few fresh additions to his squad this summer.
Wolves have raided Atletico Madrid for top-quality talents like Jonny Otto Castro, Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota in recent times. As a result, the Black Country outfit’s soaring stocks could propel them towards conducting some fruitful business with Los Blancos.
Wolves are yet to flex their muscles in the summer transfer window after spending heavily over the past 18 months to assemble a competent unit with some quality players.
The Midlands outfit haven’t made any significant acquisitions so far, although it is worth reminding the fans that they had splashed the cash to confirm permanent deals for Jimenez and Leander Dendocker earlier in the summer.
However, as the story goes, Jesus Vallejo could effectively become Wolves’ first signing of the summer, with Molineux touted as a loan destination for the highly-rated 22-year-old centre-back.
The talented youngster is currently a hot property after his raging success in the recently-concluded 2019 UEFA U21 European Championship where he captained Spain to the title. Vallejo is yet to make his senior international debut for his nation but he has already racked up 22 caps at the U21 level.
A youth product of Real Zaragoza, Vallejo rose through the youth ranks of his boyhood club and spent only a single full season at the senior level before being snapped up by Real Madrid in 2015.
However, he was loaned back to his former club immediately and spent the following season on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga before being unveiled as a member of the first-team squad ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.
Despite all his promise and potential, Vallejo has found it almost impossible to dislodge stalwarts like Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane from the heart of the defence, managing only 19 appearances in all competitions for the Los Blancos over the course of two seasons.
To put things into perspective, Wolves are currently not in dire need of bringing in defensive reinforcements, given the presence of Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett in their ranks. But the arrival of a promising youngster like Jesus Vallejo could increase competition for places and provide the manager with more options while selecting his eleven.
Romain Saiss filled in admirably at the back last season when Bennett or Boly was out injured but the arrival of the 22-year-old would add much-needed depth to the squad, whilst also increasing competition for places.
A technically-gifted centre-back, the 22-year-old has illustrated a level of maturity that defies his tender years, both in terms of reading the game as well as decision-making, and he is only going to get better with time.
In fact, Wolves might as well look at a permanent deal if he manages to have a positive impact on his loan spell.
The likes of Jota, Jimenez, Jonny, Vinagre and Helder Costa were all signed permanently on the back of successful loan spells at Molineux and Jesus Vallejo could be the next in the queue, as Wolves continue their rise in English football.
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All in all, this looks like a move that would be in the best interests of all parties involved and Wolves should not hesitate to go ahead with their interest in the talented Spaniard.