Scout Report – Rafa Mir
Wolverhampton have reportedly completed the signing of Rafa Mir from Valencia. The young forward was also targetted by Spanish giants Real Madrid but the Championship outfit have managed to leapfrog them to acquiring his services. The 20-year-old is understood to be on the verge of signing a four-year contract which is estimated to be around £1.5million. This will mark the first January deal for Wolves and considering his skills, it does seem like quite a coup.
Wolves are now 12 points clear at the top of the table and will look to maintain that lead and the January window will be a good opportunity to bring in more reinforcements as the challenges intensify. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at Mir’s profile.
Born in 1997 in Murcia, Spain, Mir embarked on his football journey by playing futsal with CD Javali Nuevo. He joined a club later and became a part of Ranero CF. His goalscoring exploits attracted attention from Barcelona and he eventually joined them. He spent two years with the youth academy and then joined Real Murcia in 2011. His performances only kept improving and then he joined Valencia in 2012. He made his senior debut for the reserves in 2015 and even excelled in the UEFA Youth League. Mir made two appearances for the senior Valencia side.
An out-and-out goalscoring machine, Mir is known for his blinding pace and power up front. With an innate ability to find the back of the net, the player can score a goal even in the toughest of situations. He also contributes decently enough in defensive plays and thrives in an attacking set-up. The player is also quite generous with his teammates and often creates opportunities as well. He is quite young and can be moulded further. Mir boasts of tremendous potential and is definitely a player to watch out for. He is a bit weak when it comes to aerial prowess but that is something that can be developed as time goes by.
Considering the exciting phase that Wolves are in, Mir seems to have made a very good choice to join the club. They are on an upward trajectory right now and a promising star like Mir could go a long way at the club. Also, Nuno Espirito Santo was the one who allowed him a chance to play for Valencia’s senior side, back when he was managing the Spanish club. Hence, the player is likely to receive greater opportunities with the Wolves and could truly grow and develop as a young forward.