Why Wolves did a good job by not signing Amadou Diawara in January
According to a report from the Birmingham Mail, Wolverhampton Wanderers were interested in signing Napoli star Amadou Diawara in January. But a move never materialised and the 21-year-old has since stayed at Napoli.
Amadou Diawara has not been a regular in the Napoli line-up this season under Carlo Ancelotti, managing just 12 Serie A appearances. The departure of Jorginho in the summer appeared to be a blessing for the Guinean and opened a straight way into the starting XI.
However, the scripts haven’t gone according to the plan and the promising young midfielder has struggled for game-time.
Wolves had the chance to sign Amadou Diawara in January but might have backed out after Napoli held out for around £35m, adds the report. But by not signing the Guinean midfielder last month, did Wolves miss a big trick?
Upon promotion to the Premier League last year, Wolves have been an exciting team to watch this season. As the season has progressed, their confidence has grown leaps and bounds, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s newcomers sitting comfortably at seventh place in the table.
One of the most admirable qualities of Nuno is he never compromises his style of play despite facing higher quality opposition, taking valuable points from the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. The Portuguese tactician has a plan which the players have often executed it to perfection in the Premier League.
The likes of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Diogo Jota, Matt Doherty and Raul Jimenez have done very well, while Rui Patricio has proven to be a top upgrade on John Ruddy in goal.
Teenage sensation Morgan Gibbs-White has chipped in with vital contributions as well. But it was difficult for some fans to understand as to why Leander Dendoncker was not getting a chance in the starting XI.
Leander Dendoncker joined Wolves from Anderlecht on a season-long loan in the summer but struggled to establish himself initially at Molineux. However, he has been a driving force for Nuno’s team of late and also scored a fantastic left-footed volley in the 3-1 victory against Everton last week.
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With Dendoncker establishing himself in Nuno’s starting XI in recent weeks and the likes of Neves, Moutinho and Saiss already a part of the team, there would have been no way for Amadou Diawara to get regular game time at Wolves.
From being a benchwarmer at Napoli, the Guinean would have done nothing less at Wolves had he joined in January. Hence, Wolves did well by backing out from paying around £35m for Diawara in January.