Wolves opinion: Why Nuno should make a summer swoop for Yoann Barbet

According to a report from L’Equipe, Wolves are one of the many clubs interested in signing Brentford defender Yoann Barbet at the end of the season.

The Frenchman, 25, is out of contract with Brentford at the end of the season and is an attractive signing on a free transfer for clubs.

Interest from Wolves, meanwhile, will raise eyebrows given their lofty ambitions in the Premier League. But Yoann Barbet, who joined Brentford from lower league French outfit Chamois Niortais in 2015, could be a solid addition to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the top-flight.

Wolves have enjoyed a fantastic return to the Premier League and currently sit seventh in the table. The Midlands outfit are gunning for a place in Europe next campaign and it’ll be incredible if they achieve it. But to make waves in Europe next season, Nuno Espirito Santo needs to first strengthen his defensive options.

Yoann Barbet

At the moment, Nuno has just three centre-backs at his disposal. This includes captain Connor Coady, Ryan Bennett and Willy Boly.

All three have impressed this season, forming a solid three-man defence for Wolves. But it is Coady that has impressed the most and his performances have seen him being linked with a move away from the Molineux.

Thus, any injury or Coady’s departure in the summer would leave Wolves really light in central defence. Bringing someone like Yoann Barbet into the fold will help solidify the Midlands club’s backline as well as add depth to the squad.

Barbet is about to come to the end of his fourth season with Brentford, amassing massive experience in Championship football.

The 25-year-old, who is equally comfortable at centre-half or left-back, has been quietly impressive for the Bees in the Championship this season, but he has all the qualities and the potential to make the step up to the Premier League.

Yoann Barbet

The Frenchman’s best attributes are physicality, ball-playing abilities and powerful runs down the left flank. His football intelligence allows him to intercept and tackle.

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He is strong in the air and can consistently win aerial battles. Barbet’s versatility is his best attribute, with the 25-year-old capable of playing as a centre-back and left-back.

Verdict

Wolves need another central defender at their disposal, one who can help them achieve bigger things next term. And Barbet’s signing would be a smash hit if he fulfils his potential and helps Nuno’s side in the European adventure next season.

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