Why Wolves should rekindle interest in Premier League centre back amid defensive woes

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Wolverhampton Wanderers have leaked six goals in two games - which may prompt manager Kenny Jackett to look for reinforcements in the loan market.

Wolverhampton Wanderers coasted to the League One title last season, with Kenny Jackett's side returning to the Championship at the first time of asking. Wolves made a bright start to the season too, picking up 17 points from their opening eight games to take third place in the Championship.

In that time, Wolves had only conceded three goals, giving them one of the meanest defences in English football. The problem was that they couldn't score enough goals, and Jackett addressed that problem this week with the loan capture of Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo.

Now they've got that striker, it seems that the defence is now the issue. Before Sagbo arrived, Wolves leaked three goals against Reading before another three goals were shipped against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night. The common denominator in those losses was that both sides deployed a target man - Glenn Murray for Reading and Grant Holt for Huddersfield - and the two wily battering rams just outfought and outmuscled the Wolves defence on their way to exploiting Wolves' defensive deficiencies.

Another loan may be in Jackett's mind as he looks to halt Wolves' alarming defensive slide, and he should be once again calling up Hull City for a favour.

Wolves pursued Sheffield United's young centre back Harry Maguire this summer, only to lose out to Hull as the youngster made a £2.5m switch to the KC Stadium. Yet shortly after his arrival, Hull swooped to sign Tottenham's Michael Dawson, and with Curtis Davies, James Chester and Alex Bruce already at the club, Maguire found himself as the fifth choice centre back almost immediately.

That has prompted speculation that the Tigers are willing to loan 21-year-old Maguire out in order to gain first-team experience. Having chased him this summer, it would be a huge surprise to see Wolves ignore the possibility of still signing him - especially given his no nonsense approach to defending, using his 6ft 4in frame to handle powerful attackers - and alongside another huge defender in Danny Batth, Wolves could shore up their defence in the short term.

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