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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.

Mathew Nash



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.

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

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Wolves outcast Joe Mason must find a new team before the end of the month

The Wolves striker is back at the club after having a loan deal in the USA cancelled.

Mathew Nash



Wolverhampton Wanderers were always going to have to leave some players behind after promotion to the Premier League. Some came as a surprise, such as star left-back Barry Douglas. Others, less so. In that latter category is where Joe Mason lands.

Wolves signed Mason from Cardiff City in January 2016. He had an immediate impact at Molineux. The Irishman scored against former loan club Bolton Wanderers three minutes into his debut appearance.

But the goals soon dried up.

With Wolves signing a plethora of attacking talent Mason soon found himself out of favour at Molineux.

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Last season, he had a spell on loan at Burton Albion before agreeing a move to MLS side Colorado Rapids. That deal was cut short in July, despite Mason still having several months left on the deal, after he managed just three goals in 14 games.

His chances at Wolves have hardly got any better over the summer. The permanent signature of Leo Bonatini and Raul Jimenez’s arrival mean Mason has hardly any chance of breaking into the Wolves first-team in the Premier League.

However, the player must try and force a move. Teams in the Championship or even League One would be very pleased to have a player of Mason’s quality at their service.

Mason must ensure he makes his way out of Wolves this month, or spend a season on the sidelines watching on.

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Wolves right to reject £17.9m Stefano Sturaro deal

The newly-promoted side decided they did not want to sign the Italian this summer.

Mathew Nash



Wolverhampton Wanderers have done some exceptional transfer business this summer. The arrival of players such as Adama Traore, Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho can only be applauded.  

It also seems that Wolves could have signed an Italian international this summer. Stefano Sturaro was linked with a host of moves this summer, including to the Premier League. Sick of warming the bench at Juventus, he could have been a Wolves player.

According to Record, he was offered to Wolves in a €20 million (£17.9 million) deal this summer. Wolves, however, decided they did not want to spend that much on the 25-year-old and decided not to pursue a deal.

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Sturaro is now on his way to Sporting Lisbon on loan and Wolves fans should not be overly disappointed.

Because, whilst Sturaro is a good player, Wolves do not need him in the heart of their midfield. Wolves’ transfer business this summer has seen them snap up Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker. The overall fee for the pair of the players comes in at less than it would have cost to sign Sturaro, with Moutinho costing £5 million and Dendoncker £12 million if his loan is a success.

Sturaro has less experience than both players, despite the Belgian being two years younger, and would have been a costly extravagance Wolves simply do not need.

With Financial Fair Play rules always ready to pinch an ambitious spending club these days, leaving Sturaro behind was the wise move from the newly promoted side.

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World Cup shackling shows where Leander Dendoncker should play for Wolves

The Belgian put in a brilliant performance at the World Cup and is now at Wolves.

Mathew Nash



Wolves continued their impressive pre-season transfer business on deadline day, adding Belgian international Leander Dendoncker to the fold.

The 23-year-old arrives on a season-long loan move, which could become permanent next summer. The fee involved is reportedly in the £12 million region.

It looks an excellent deal, with the former Anderlecht player hotly tipped for success over the past few seasons.

He has played the majority of his games for Anderlecht at holding midfield. However, could he be set for a different role at Wolves?

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Dendoncker is extremely versatile and has also played at centre-back in the past. Indeed, that is where he played for Belgium against England at the World Cup.

He played in the final group game between the two sides, as Belgium picked up a 1-0 win. Dendoncker played on the right of a back three and put in a fantastic performance.

He had Marcus Rashford shackled for most of the game and his composure on the ball was a major asset for the Red Devils.

Wolves look likely to line up with a back-three again this season and Dendoncker could slot in perfectly in the same position at Molineux.

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