Why Wolves should plot a January swoop for Pape Abou Cisse
Back in July, the Sun had claimed that Wolves and Arsenal were battling for the signature of Olympiakos defender Pape Abou Cisse. However, neither of the clubs were able to sign the player during the summer transfer window and he stayed put at the Greek club.
Pape Abou Cisse, 24, is rated as one of the best prospects in Europe. He has performed very well at Olympiacos since joining from French club AC Ajaccio in 2017.
He made 29 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals. The defender, who featured for Senegal as they lost the Africa Cup of Nations final to Algeria, certainly has a promising future ahead of him.
Wolves are in a need of defensive reinforcements and certainly could do well by signing Cisse from Olympiakos in January.
The Wanderers have struggled to match their last season’s performances, with the Europa League competition adding up this time around. After finishing seventh last term, they would have wanted to make a charge at the top six this time around, but that seemingly hasn’t gone to plan.
They are an ambitious club and certainly want to do well in Europe but going by their current squad, Nuno Espirito Santo will need to at least add a couple of players in January.
Wolves must not panic after a winless start to the new Premier League season but look to plug the holes by buying smartly. That being said, a defender has to be at the top of Nuno’s priority list after the 5-2 humbling at the hands of Chelsea at Molineux.
Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Ryan Bennett did very well in the three-man backline but haven’t been great so far this term. With injuries and suspensions bound to come up as the season progresses, having only a natural central defender in Jesus Vallejo certainly won’t be enough.
Cisse would be a good fit at the Molineux. Standing at 6ft 5in, he is strong, powerful and a commanding presence who enjoys going toe-to-toe with opposition forwards. The Senegalese has great ability in the air, while also being a player who can make key interceptions and challenges. He has the physical attributes to thrive in the Premier League and he has shown his quality with the national team as well.
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The towering 24-year-old’s arrival would provide depth in defence and also generate competition for places. Plus, Cisse would add a lot of physicality and power to Nuno’s backline.
Wolves need more depth in the squad if Nuno’s side are to continue the remarkable progress they’ve made in recent years. There is no doubt that they could do with another centre-back and Cisse could prove to be a good addition.