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“May now be ready to make the step up” – Wolves eye Middlesbrough transfer deal: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Wolves are one of a number of Premier League clubs taking a closer look at Middlesbrough‘s Marcus Tavernier ahead of the summer, Football League World has exclusively revealed.

The 23-year-old has been a regular fixture under Chris Wilder this term – adding five goals and five assists as Boro narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs.

It seems Tavernier could still be playing Premier League football next season, however, as Brighton and Hove Albion, Southampton, Wolves, and Bournemouth are understood to be taking a look at him.

But would he be a good signing for the Molineux outfit? And do they need him?

We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…

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Josh Cole

Whereas Wolves will be keen to bolster their squad this summer, they must avoid a move for Tavernier as the midfielder may not be ready to make the step up to the top flight.

Having yet to make an appearance in the Premier League, Tavernier may struggle to adapt to the competitiveness that the Premier League is famed for.

Furthermore, when you consider that Tavernier predominantly featured in central-midfield for Boro during the 2021/22 campaign, he could find it difficult to overtake the likes of Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker in the pecking order at Molineux.

Instead of taking a risk on Tavernier, Wolves ought to be looking into the possibility of signing a midfielder who has an excellent track record of delivering the goods in the Premier League.

Billy Mulley

Marcus Tavernier should be playing his football in the Premier League this season, after what has been an impressive campaign from the exciting attacking midfielder.

Admittedly, his five goals and five assists in the league is nothing to write home about, but ultimately, he is someone who provides so much tacking threat when carrying the ball.

Possessing an excellent dribbling ability, pace and a desire to win the ball back when out of possession, Tavernier is certainly someone who has what it takes to cut it at the highest level in England.

Wolves would be an excellent destination for Tavernier, with the Midlands club placing a lot of importance on quick build-up play and getting the best out of technically-gifted footballers.

There is no surprise to see several Premier League clubs with an interest in Tavernier, with the 23-year-old set for a bright future.

Toby Wilding

This does feel as though it could be a rather good signing for Wolves.

Tavernier has been making an impact in the Championship for several seasons now, so it does feel as though the 23-year-old may now be ready to make the step up to the Premier League.

Molineux could be a good destination for him to do that, given Wolves are a well established Premier League club, and with something of a small squad, you do get the feeling there would be opportunities for him in Bruno Lage’s side.

Indeed, you get the feeling that Tavernier’s versatility would also be useful in a midfield and wide role for Wolves, that could see them lose several players who are out of contract, approaching the latter stages of their careers, or likely to attract interest from elsewhere, in the not too distant future.

That could mean the addition of Tavernier would provide them with some useful strength in depth, and at his age, he is one who could do that for quite some time.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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