With Wolves preparing for a first season of top-flight football since 2012, Nuno Espirito Santo will be looking at where he can improve his squad to turn them into a permanent Premier League fixture.
At first glance, the centre of midfield is not an area in need of strengthening. Ruben Neves spent most of the end of the season upgrading his personal trophy cabinet, while Romain Saiss was one of Wolves’ most consistent performers.
However, while Saiss had a convincing season at Angers in Ligue 1 before his move to Molineux, neither player has played in the Premier League. This was also Neves’ first major season. It could be a risk to rely on them to make the step up seamlessly. Therefore, Wolves may be tempted to look at French international Steven N’Zonzi.
The ex-Blackburn and Stoke midfielder has cut his teeth in La Liga, the Premier League, and Ligue 1. There are no questions about his ability to perform at the highest level. His passing percentage of 87.6% betters both Neves’ 84.9% and Saiss’ 83.2%. His 68.9 passes per game exceed Neves’ 63.8 and Saiss’ 62.6, as well as the rest of the Wolves squad. As such he would be an upgrade and likely to be a more reliable performer.
However, the advantages over Neves and Saiss are marginal, almost to the extent of being attributable to league differences or seasonal flux. N’Zonzi would also not come cheap, too, so the suspicion must be that such investment would be better focused elsewhere.
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