Why Wolves loaning out Jordan Graham makes perfect sense
The 24-year-old, who made his move to Molineux from Midlands rivals Aston Villa back in 2015, last started a game for Wolves against Southampton two years ago and had never really been a part of the club’s plans moving forward in the Premier League.
Graham is in the final twelve months of the five-year deal that he had signed while moving to Wolves back in 2015 and the loan stint at Plovdiv in Bulgaria is likely to put an end to his ill-fated spell with the Black Country outfit.
The talented winger, who had previously been held in high regard by the youth staff at Aston Villa earlier in his career, made a bright start to life at Wolves under the stewardship of Kenny Jackett but things went horribly wrong for him soon after.
A dreadful knee ligament injury suffered against Cardiff City in January 2016 damned Jordan Graham to a 15-month spell on the sidelines and he has never been able to force his way back into the first-team reckoning at Molineux, with Nuno Espirito Santo not prepared to put his trust in the former England U-17 international.
The Coventry-born wide-player spent time on loan at Fulham and Ipswich Town in the Championship, as well as at Oxford United in League One, following his return from injury but he apparently didn’t do enough to earn himself a temporary move away from his parent club during the summer transfer window.
Boosted by the financial backing of the ambitious Fosun Group, Wolves have undergone a radical transformation under the stewardship of Nuno Santo over the past couple of years and the 24-year-old, along with many other players who were a part of the club’s plans in the Championship, currently find themselves lost in the cold as a part of the club’s loan army.
Interestingly enough, though, Jordan Graham is set to reunite with his Wolves teammate Sylvain Deslandes, who is also on loan at Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.
However, Wolves are unlikely to keep a close eye on their progress, given that both the players have clearly been deemed surplus to requirements long back.
To put things into perspective, Wolves’ decision to loan Jordan Graham out to Bulgaria certainly makes a lot of sense for both parties, given that he didn’t seem to have a future at Molineux and allowing him to train with the reserve side would only have increased the club’s wage bills, whilst also wasting another valuable year in the winger’s career.
A move to less competitive surroundings in Bulgaria could work wonders for Graham, with the 24-year-old desperate to resurrect his faltering career and settle down somewhere permanently in a bid to make a name for himself in professional football.
Graham’s stint at Wolves has been blighted by injuries and, with the winger currently way down the pecking order at his parent club, he might as well look to kick start his career somewhere else.
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Also, with Wolves now playing in Europe and looking to consolidate on their Premier League status under Nuno Santo, they need to move away from certain fringe players and, to that end, cutting ties with Jordan Graham looks like a step in the right direction.
Suffice to say, Graham is no longer a promising youngster at 24 and he has quite understandably been binned by Wolves after failing to fulfil his potential.