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.
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.