Why Wolves should give a second chance to Bruno Jordao

As per Birmingham Mail, Bruno Jordao wants to really make it at Wolves and has sent out the same message to manager Nuno Espirito Santo. The midfielder was sent out on loan to FC Famalicao on a one year deal. He hopes that the experience he gains from here would help him get back into Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans.

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Bruno Jordao rose through the youth ranks of lower-division club Uniao Leiria and made his professional debut during the 2015-16 season. He was transferred to Braga in the summer of 2016 and featured extensively for the club’s reserve side in the Portuguese second-tier. The 22-year-old was subsequently farmed out to Lazio on loan with an obligation to buy.

Jordao made only 3 Serie A appearances during the 2018-19 campaign before Wolves came calling for his services last summer. The Portuguese U-21 international enjoyed a goalscoring professional debut in an EFL Cup tie against Reading but had to be withdrawn soon due to an injury.

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(R-L) Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese midfielder Diogo Jota and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Portuguese midfielder Bruno Jordao take part in a training session on the eve of the UEFA Europa League quarter-final football match Wolverhampton v Sevilla at the MSV Arena on August 10, 2020 in Duisburg, western Germany. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

He subsequently featured as a substitute against Espanyol in the second leg of the Europa League round-of-32 clash before making his Premier League debut against Chelsea on the final day of the season. Jordao is currently on loan at Famalicao where he has already racked up 9 appearances, scoring and assisting once.

Jordao should be given another chance on his return

Bruno Jordao and Pedro Neto were roped in as a part of a double raid on Lazio last summer, but both players went on to enjoy contrasting fortunes in their debut season at Wolves. While Neto has established himself as a key squad player showing glimpses of his potential, Jordao struggled to make the grade.

The monopoly of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in Wolves’ starting XI certainly had a lot to do with Jordao’s struggles. Injuries, of course, made it even more difficult for him to stake a claim for a substantial role under Nuno Santo last season.

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ROME, ITALY – APRIL 17: Bruno Jordao of SS lazio competes for the ball with Stryger Larsen of Udinese during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and Udinese at Stadio Olimpico on April 17, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

As a result, Jordao found himself languishing in the club’s U-23 ranks despite the obvious lack of depth in Wolves’ central midfield. It’s hard to figure out the exact reason as to why the 21-year-old didn’t feature more regularly in the first-team. But it was pretty clear that the manager didn’t consider him ready to make the step up.

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Now with more experience of playing on a regular basis, he can stake his claim for a shot at the starting XI. He got his first goal on loan and that would no doubt fill him with confidence. Yes, it won’t be easy to displace the likes of Moutinho and Neves but he should at least be given a chance after his loan spell to show what he can do.

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