Wolves move looks good on paper, but is Bradshaw better off elsewhere?

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Tom Bradshaw is a man in demand, with Wolves reportedly leading Birmingham City, Reading and two others in the race to sign him.

If Tom Bradshaw moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers it would make sense for so many reasons.

The Walsall striker is wanted by half the Championship it seems, with the most recent report - in Monday's Sun newspaper - listing Wolves, Birmingham, Reading, Cardiff and Preston.

According to the Mirror, Kenny Jackett's team are at the front of the queue, and it doesn't take Hecule Poirot to work out why.

Wolves' Molineux home is situated a mere 13 miles from Walsall's Bescot Stadium, for one, while the last striker acquired by Jackett following a spell in League One was sold on for eight figures.

Their need for a striker is evident. They've drawn the last three home fixtures without scoring, while the loss of Benik Afobe, Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko (albeit to injury, not the Premier League) has contributed to a collective goal tally that is 22 down on last season's.

Bradshaw, who's scored 38 goals in 79 Saddlers appearances, seems like the obvious solution to Wolves' goalscoring woes. But is he?

Let me explain.

The concern would not be with Bradshaw, but with Wolves themselves. If Adam Le Fondre - a striker whose record at this level is roughly one goal every three matches, with many of his appearances coming from the bench - can go 15 matches without scoring, does the problem not lie elsewhere?

The stats appear to support this. Since Afobe flew the nest in January, Wolves have mustered fewer scoring attempts than all but one of the club's linked with Bradshaw in the Sun's report (Birmingham).

  Successful Final Third PassesAccurate CrossBig Chance ScoredTotal Scoring Att
Reading 1,403 116 7 234
Cardiff 1,188 74 14 215
Preston 1,011 72 10 190
Wolves 1,096 58 9 175
Birmingham 1,110 52 9 158

They are also some way behind Reading and Cardiff in their completion of final third passes and accurate crosses - upon which Bradshaw thrives.

He'd be wasted in this team.

With Michal Zyro potentially out for more than a year, and Jordan Graham set to miss at least half of next season, finding the players to address the above shortcomings is arguably more pressing than anything else 

Should they succeed, there's little doubt that Bradshaw would be a good addition. If not, well Reading are desperate for someone to finish off their good work.

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