Championship defenders won’t have the most comfortable night’s sleep before taking on Wolves this season. Atletico Madrid loanee Diogo Jota has taken the league by storm, Ivan Cavaleiro looks settled and sharp in his second season while Helder Costa, the 2016/17 Player of the Year, is back to full fitness.
If only Wolves had a reliable centre-forward to complement their array of talented creators. Leo Bonatini looks a solid addition in attack but is unlikely to be short odds in the Golden Boot race.
The Brazilian, who joined on a season-long loan from Saudi club Al Hilal, has four goals in 11 Championship fixtures. Yet, after the summer exits of Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and Nouha Dicko, Bonatini is Wolves’ only senior centre-forward.
Understandably, then, reports in The Sun that Wolves want to bring former fans’ favourite Benik Afobe back to Molineux in January have captured the imagination. The report claims that Bournemouth will sell the striker for around £12 million after he fell down the pecking order under Eddie Howe.
West Brom made enquiries in the summer with manager Tony Pulis still keen. And former club Wolves are also understood to be interested.
While swapping the Premier League for the Championship is a step down on paper, Wolves are flying high right now and, with the backing of Chinese conglomerate Fosun International, are perhaps the favourites for promotion this season.
With Afobe in attack, their chances of returning to the top flight after six years away will only be increased. Though the former Arsenal striker only scored 10 league goals for Bournemouth since moving from Molineux in 2016, he was prolific in the second tier and averaged a goal every other game at Wolves.
Imagine, then, just how fearsome a front three of Jota, Costa and Afobe would look.