Why Wolves should make a move for Walter Kannemann in January
Gremio defender Walter Kannemann was heavily linked with an exit in the summer, particularly attracting interest from Serie A duo AS Roma and Fiorentina during the European transfer window. However, no deal materialised and the defender has since stayed put at Gremio.
A youth product of Argentinian club San Lorenzo, Walter Kannemann, 28, was a regular for his boyhood club before joining Mexican club Atlas back in 2015. However, it is at his current club Gremio that he has ultimately realised his full potential.
The 28-year-old is now widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in all of South America and has earned five caps for the Argentina national team, all since 2018.
His meteoric rise of late also did catch Wolves’ attention during the summer transfer window; instead, the Premier League side went on to sign Jesus Vallejo on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Following Wolves’ qualification to the Europa League group stages, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are now in for a 60-game season. That’s indeed a lot of games for Wolves to negotiate and going by their current squad, they’ll need to at least add a couple of players in January.
The Wanderers were solid at the back last season, showing plenty of resilience and solidity against some of the top teams. Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett did very well in the three-man backline and Nuno has started with the same defence this season.
As the season progresses, injuries and suspensions are bound to come up and having only a natural central defender in Vallejo won’t be enough if Nuno’s side are to have a strong 2019/20.
That being said, Wolves must go for Walter Kannemann during the mid-season transfer window to add quality and depth to their defensive ranks.
Standing at just a shade over 6ft., Kannemann is not particularly tall for a centre-back but he makes up for it with his ability to take off the ground quickly to beat his offensive counterparts to the aerial balls.
The Argentine is a robust tackler as he likes to close down opposition attackers and put his foot in to dispose them off the ball, and his quick acceleration helps him reach and close down attackers quickly.
He uses his anticipation and awareness to break up the play with crucial interceptions for his team.
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The 28-year-old reads the game very well and rarely gets caught out of position. His passing certainly can improve but overall, Kannemann would be a good addition to the Wolves squad in January.
Kannemann could make a difference at the Molineux and help Nuno’s side break into the Premier League’s top six as well as compete well in the Europa League this season.