Leo Bonatini is reportedly heading to Portugal on loan. According to Portuguese media outlet Guimaraes Digital, Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Bonatini will join Vitoria de Guimaraes on loan for the season.
Bonatini is out of favour at Wolves and is unlikely to break back into the first-team. Wolves prefer Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Patrick Cutrone up front. Bonatini will now look to reignite his career elsewhere.
The 25-year-old joined Wolves on a permanent basis in summer 2018 after scoring 12 Championship goals to help win promotion. But he failed to replicate his success in the Premier League. Bonatini played 12 games and scored once – in the EFL Cup. In January, he was loaned to Nottingham Forest but he failed to score in five games.
With first-team chances limited, he is now ready to return to Portugal. The Brazilian striker previously spent time with Estoril, scoring 24 goals in 53 games. Guimaraes will give him the chance to replicate his success in Portugal.
This is a good move for Bonatini. He can return to a league where he has previously enjoyed goalscoring success and where he speaks the language. But his Wolves future looks all but over.
The former Al-Hilal striker just isn’t the same player that he was at the start of his Wolves career. He was prolific and he topped the scoring charts in the Championship but went downhill after January and has never recovered. It is time for Wolves and Bonatini to part ways.