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John Ruddy most be worried as Wolves hype over Rui Patricio reaches fever pitch

Wolves have signed the Portugal stopper from Sporting Lisbon.

Mathew Nash

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The hype over Wolverhampton Wanderers’ new goalkeeper is now reaching fever pitch. Rui Patricio has joined the club from Sporting Lisbon and showed just why he is such a coup with a stunning save against Morocco in the World Cup yesterday.

That, coupled with his previous assured performances with Portugal and Sporting have seen him easily become one of the top 10 goalkeepers in Europe.

(during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

For Wolves fans, it is an exciting signing and one which will no doubt help their chances of Premier League survival.

But the hype will surely be troubling one man, current Wolves incumbent John Ruddy.

The 31-year-old was named the Championship goalkeeper of the season last term. However, with the arrival of Patricio, the Englishman now faces a huge battle to retain his number one status at Molineux.

Rival teams, especially those in the Championship, will surely now come calling. But Wolves would love to have both options available to them next season. Both are excellent experienced stoppers and having the pair as options will give Wolves absolute security in the goalkeeping positions.

It remains to be seen how Ruddy reacts to Patricio’s arrival and whether he can rise to the challenge from the Portuguese star. Wolves fans will hope he sticks around and gives it his best.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Would Yerry Mina arrival bring Danny Batth’s Wolves career to an end?

Wolves have joined the race for the Colombian World Cup star.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are the latest club to be linked with a move for Colombia World Cup star Yerry Mina. As reported by The Sun, the newly-promoted side are hoping that super agent Jorge Mendes can help broker a deal for the Barcelona player. Mina, who is also being targeted by Everton, excelled for Colombia at the World Cup. However, Barcelona are keen to sell as they are at their non-EU player limit.

Wolves have become used to completing eye-catching transfers. Just this summer they signed Portugal number one Rui Patricio. Mina would be another fantastic acquisition.

But what would it mean for the club captain at Molineux?

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Danny Batth has been with Wolves since he was ten-years-old. Apart from loan spells at Colchester, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the 27-year-old is a one-club man.

He made his debut when Wolves were last in the Premier League and has played with them as low as League One. So undoubtedly, he loves the club.

However, the arrival of Mina would surely have him questioning his future. Batth played just 13 times last season. With the arrival of Willy Boly coupled with the form of Ryan Bennett and Conor Coady, Batth spent much of his season on the bench.

With West Brom already said to be keen, Mina could easily thrust Batth out of the matchday squad and out of the Molineux exit door.

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Niall Ennis faces massive fight for Wolves future despite international pedigree

The 19-year-old is currently in Finland with the England under-19 squad.

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England’s under-19s are in action this summer, taking part in the European Championships in Finland. Plenty of talented youngsters from across different clubs and leagues are taking part for England – including one Wolverhampton Wanderers talent.

The player in question is 19-year-old forward, Niall Ennis.

The England youth star is from Wolverhampton and is one of the star players in the club’s development system.

Last season, he was loaned out to Shrewsbury town for first-team experience. However, he suffered a bad knee injury in September and Wolves recalled him in December – after just two appearances.

It was a massive shame for the Wolves talent. But the faith the club have in him became clear when, upon his return, he was handed a new contract.

On his return from injury, he played six games in PL2 and scored twice, helping him make the England under-19 squad.

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But given the current set-up at Wolves, does Ennis have a chance of first-team football?

With the financial clout of the Fosun Group and the connections afforded by super agent Jorge Mendes the amount of top players arriving at Molineux has been incredible.

When Wolves need a new player these days, they have the means to buy them, rather than rely on their youth academy.

Ennis will likely head out on loan again next season now he is fully fit. If he wants to make it at Wolves he will need to have a special campaign wherever he ends up.

If not, Wolves will simply sign someone else when his chance to break through emerges.

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Wolves should swoop for Portuguese defensive star Jose Fonte

Fonte looks set to return to the Premier League after less than a season in China.

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Reports this week from Sky Sports claim Portuguese defender Jose Fonte is set for a return to the Premier League after having his contract torn up by his Chinese club Dalian Yifang,

Wolves should target the signing of the former Southampton and West Ham centre-half to bolster their defense with Premier League experience and add to the sizable Portuguese contingent at Molineux.

Fonte is coming off an excellent World Cup campaign where he started all four matches for Portugal, partnering Pepe in the centre of defence. The centre-back was also a key member of the team that won Euro 2016, beating world champions France in the final.

An impressive international pedigree is not all the defender boasts, however. Fonte also has a wealth of top-flight experience, most notably captaining Southampton during their recent Premier League successes.

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Although his most recent spell in the top flight with West Ham United ended poorly, Fonte’s time at the London Stadium was marred by injury problems.

At 34 years of age, the Portuguese international is an elder statesmen who is composed and extremely experienced, possessing the ability to read the game well and also pass on his knowledge to Wolves’ younger defenders.

Fonte would be available on a free transfer after the expiration of his contract in China, and it would be a steal to acquire the services of the defender for no transfer fee.

As Fonte showed in Russia, he is still capable of performing on the highest stage against the worlds best players, and could bring back his skills to the Premier League.

Wolves should snap up the Portuguese international on a free transfer and supplement their defence with a wise, battle-hardened centre-half.

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