Wolves have made a fine start to the new Championship season, although have had their momentum stemmed in recent weeks.
Nuno Espirito Santo, in his first managerial job in England, led the Midlands outfit to three victories over Middlesbrough, Derby County, and Hull City in his first three league games in charge, thus backing up the big spending over the summer with results to match.
However, Nuno Santo’s men were beaten 2-1 at home by fellow high-flyers Cardiff City 11 days ago before failing to break down a stubborn Brentford backline at Griffin Park last weekend, a draw which leaves Wolves fourth in the Championship table.
Optimism has certainly been restored around Molineux though that this could be the season Wolves return to the Premier League, but several high-profile signings inevitably raises question marks over the future of those already at the club.
And one man who has been linked with a move away is winger Jordan Graham, who missed much of last season due to a serious knee injury he picked up back in January 2016.
The 22-year-old broke through into the Wolves team at the rear end of 2015 after being recalled from a loan spell at Oxford United, and he seriously impressed before suffering an injury in their 3-1 defeat to Cardiff City back in January 16 2016.
Yet with Graham returning to full fitness, he has been linked with a move away from Molineux this summer, with the likes of Premier League outfit Leicester City as well as Championship sides Fulham, Hull, and Leeds reportedly interested in the Englishman.
Yet you sense that a loan deal would be the better move for the 22-year-old, as there’s little doubt that he has quality, and ultimately deserves time to get himself back into form after such a long time out with injury.
Graham returned to Wolves in October 2015 from a loan spell at Oxford, and then proceeded to show the Molineux faithful what they were missing with one goal and six assists in just 11 games for the club, of which they won five and lost just two.
Undoubtedly, the winger was their go-to man during that rich run of form, which saw him net against Charlton Athletic, as well as lay on assists against the likes of Brighton, Nottingham Forest, and Leeds.
At that time, Graham was one of the most feared players in the division, but injury is likely to have taken its toll, with the 22-year-old needing minutes on the pitch and confidence-boosting displays to help him return to those previous heights.
And with all the money spent at Wolves over the summer, that may not happen at Molineux, with Graham starting just two of their seven games so far this season in all competitions, both of which coming in the Carabao Cup.
Thus, it’s unlikely that he’s going to nail down a regular spot in Nuno Santo’s team, so a loan move away could be ideal for both himself, in terms of returning to full fitness, and indeed Wolves, who could see Graham return from his spell away nearing the player he was prior to injury.
Whether any move does indeed materialise between now and Thursday’s deadline remains to be seen, but it’s certainly something the Wolves hierarchy should ponder over the coming hours.