It’s fair to say the Cameroon squad that travelled to this summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia was no longer filled with household names and Premier League stars a la Samuel Eto’o, Alex Song or Joel Matip.
In fact, centre-forward Vincent Aboubakar was easily the most recognisable name to English audiences. A powerful hitman who scored goals for fun at Lorient in Ligue 1, Aboubakar’s 18 league strikes fired Besiktas to the Turkish top flight title during a stellar loan spell last season.
And, with parent club Porto searching for a buyer, speculation has intensified that the 25-year-old will be on his way to England this summer.
Aboubakar has previously been linked with Newcastle and Norwich
The lack of a prolific goalscorer prevented Wolves from making good on their pre-season ambitions in 2016/17, finishing down in mid-table and never looking likely to trouble the top six.
And while Aboubakar’s excellent spells with Lorient and Besiktas suggest that the striker, who is likely to cost a fee similar to the £13 million Wolves paid to sign Helder Costa in January (BBC), is worth every penny.
Yet, his displays at the Confederations Cup suggest otherwise. Cameroon crashed out in the group stages with just one point and, in truth, the blame was directed squarely at their centre-forward.
Missing chance after chance against Australia in the second group game, costing Hugo Broos’ side two deserved points, Twitter wasn’t kind on the Wolves-linked striker.
Is that the sound of alarm bells?
Heard aboubakar!!! Like hundred times but he still doesn't have his name on the scoresheet #CAMAUS— nana (@Firstname_nana) June 22, 2017
Anyone thinking Aboubakar would be a good buy only needs to have watched this Cameroon/Australia match to be persuaded otherwise— lincsmagpie (@lincsmagpie) June 22, 2017