Wolverhampton Wanderers ought to think about going back in for Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko in January.
On Thursday evening he featured for Ukraine against Italy, and was impressive in a midfield role.
Zinchenko has found opportunties limited under Pep Guardiola at City, making the odd appearance at left-back in last season’s record-breaking title win.
By trade, the ex-FC Ufa player is an attacking midfielder, but has shown the skill and intelligence to operate as a left-back or left wing-back.
Zinchenko came close to leaving the champions in the summer.
He almost joined Wolves on deadline day on loan, but the player rejected the move after a £16 million fee had been agreed, according to The Mirror.
Following another good performance for his country, the Midlands club should think about trying to revive the deal in January.
Wolves could be perfect for Zinchenko
Zinchenko’s versatility is hugely desirable.
Against Italy he showed complete comfort operating as a holding midfielder, which has to appeal to Nuno Espirito Santo.
He is a fantastic player but is struggling to force his way into that incredible Manchester City team. Most young players like him probably would find the same thing.
Wolves should think about reviving that loan deal for Zinchenko in January. If anything just to see how he would fare at Molineux, and then perhaps think about making it permanent next summer if he does well.
He could be fantastic alongside Ruben Neves in midfield – with Joao Moutinho 32 and perhaps unable to play every game.
Or he could operate as a number 10, with the Portuguese pairing operating as deep-lying playmakers.
He may not have fancied it in the summer, but now he’s had the chance to see what Wolves are all about.
Santo should certainly consider it – with regular game time at a club that plays good football, Zinchenko could absolutely flourish.