After the disaster of last summer’s kid in a candy shop recruitment, Wolves fans will be sick to the stomach if the club repeat their mistakes this time around.
From ill-suited foreign imports to strikers with an apparent allergy to those big rectangle things at either end of the football pitch, the fact that Wolves finished a disappointing 15th owed much to their inability to strengthen an average squad.
West Ham supporters have clamoured for Spanish striker Toni Martinez to be given a chance in the first-team after scoring for fun at academy level.
Signed from Valencia for a hefty £2.4 million last summer (Daily Mail), the 19-year-old netted 15 goals in 14 games to inspire West Ham’s reserves to win promotion to the Premier League 2 top flight at Newcastle United’s expense.
Clearly, Martinez has the raw potential to succeed where Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Nouha Dicko and the forgotten Paul Gladon failed at Wolves. A tally of one goal in 15 League One games on loan at Oxford United, plus his inability to adapt to the physical lower league style, may set a few alarm bells ringing.
However, Martinez is a striker with frightening potential, as Newcastle found out when he netted a thumping heading in Oxford’s famous 3-0 FA Cup triumph.
And, if the comments of West Ham fans are anything to go on, Wolves may soon welcome one hell of a talent to Molineux.
@westhamtransfer Martinez is the best striker we have in front of goal. The fact he went to Oxford on loan and we suffered Calleri for 20+ games is comical— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) May 16, 2017
WHUFC Tilley⚒ (@JohnTilley16) May 17, 2017
I wanna see Martinez in first team and also Nathan Holland, heard rave reviews on this lad— ⚒John WHUFC Tilley⚒ (@JohnTilley16) May 17, 2017
@WHUFC_News Martinez 14 goals in 14 games for our U23 team, Calleri 1 goal in 18 games. Yet we send Martinez on loan to Oxford and persist with Calleri.— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) May 17, 2017
Should Toni Martinez play first team football at West Ham next season? #WHUFC— WHUFC Bulletin (@whufcbulletin) May 17, 2017
Is Tony martinez available for west ham now oxfords season is over ? he should be in the squad friday , we are beyond lacking upfront #whufc— Bob Clark (@bobclark56) May 3, 2017
Shock Martinez scores again for Oxford. When is Bilic gonna give the lad a chance!!!! #WHUFC— Dan (@danaltendorff) March 8, 2017