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Wolves would commit a blunder by signing Pele from Monaco

According to the Sunday Mirror, Wolverhampton Wanderers have rekindled their interest in Monaco midfielder Pele as Nuno Espirito Santo looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park in January.

The Daily Mail reported last year that Wolves were in the hunt for the Guinea-Bissau international but a move failed to materialize and the 27-year-old ended up joining Ligue 1 club Monaco.

An academy graduate of Portuguese club Belenenses, Pele has played for a number of clubs in different divisions in Portugal, including his boyhood club, Olhanense, Pacos Ferreira and Rio Ave.

However, he has had a lacklustre career so far, failing to catch the eye with any significant performances. A successful 2017-18 season with Rio Ave saw him register a career-best tally of 7 goals which earned him a move to Monaco this summer.

Just when it looked like the 27-year-old has had the breakthrough to take his career to the next level, things have once again fallen apart for him at Monaco. He has made only 8 appearances in the Ligue 1 this season, out of which only 4 have been starts. Pele has barely thrived at his new club and has struggled to cope with the step-up from the Portuguese league to the French top flight.

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To put things into perspective, it would not be a wise move for Wolves to invest in a struggling player in the French top flight. Assuming that the Premier League is much more competitive and dynamic as compared to Ligue 1, Pele is likely to find it even harder to resurrect his faltering career.

Nuno Santo’s men claimed all three points with a fantastic 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League this week. Currently placed 8th in the standings, they have already exceeded all expectations for a promoted team and a Europa League playoff spot might be on the horizon if they can finish the season on a good note.

Wolves are already well-stocked in the midfield department. Ruben Neves has been the heartbeat of the midfield while veteran Joao Moutinho has also played his part quite well.

The stocky, hardworking and tenacious Moroccan Romain Saiss has also been really useful when called into action by the manager. Leander Dendoncker had a slow start to life in England but the Belgian has shown some promise in recent weeks and he might play a significant role in the second half of the season.

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On the other hand, buying a new striker would do a world of good to their chances of securing a Europa League spot. Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have done well up front but Wolves can certainly do with another striker, which might help them achieve a better goalscoring record.

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Given the current circumstances, making a move for Pele would hardly make any sense for Wolves and they should avoid doing so at all costs as it would only increase their wage bill.

 

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