Wolves should raid Portugal again with Oghenekaro Etebo earning rave reviews

Portuguese football manager Jorge Mendes stands in front of the press during the release of the book 'The Special Agent' written by Miguel Cuesta and Jonathan Sanchez in Lisbon on February...

Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves and manager Nuno Espirito Santo have transformed Wolves since moving from Portugal to Molineux.

Portuguese football manager Jorge Mendes stands in front of the press during the release of the book 'The Special Agent' written by Miguel Cuesta and Jonathan Sanchez in Lisbon on February...

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ success so far this season can perhaps be attributed best to the excellent way in which they utilised their Portuguese connections this summer.

With super-agent Jorge Mendes a close confidante of Wolves’ Chinese owners, no fewer than four players who played in the Iberian nation last season made the move to Molineux before the start of this season – not including the manager, and Mendes’ first ever client, Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12, 2017 in...

And if Wolves plan on scouring the Primeira Liga again in January to further enhance a squad that already looks capable of competing in the English top flight, Oghenekaro Etebo should be fairly high on the promotion favourite’s radar.

The 21-year-old is arguably the most exciting midfield talent to emerge from African football in recent seasons, top scoring as Nigeria won the Under-23 African Cup of Nations in 2015 a year before starring at the Rio Olympics, netting four in a group-stage clash with Japan.

And Etebo has earned rave reviews since jumping on that Portuguese stepping stone in 2016, joining Feirense from Nigerian first division side Warri Wolves.

Sporting Lisbon's forward Gelson Martins (L) vies with Feirense's Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo during the Portuguese league football match CD Feirense vs Sporting CP at the...

Likened to Paul Pogba (Turkish Football), Etebo is understandably a player in demand. Own Goal Nigeria reported earlier in the year that Etebo was on Newcastle United’s radar while he has also been linked with West Brom.

Though Wolves have shown this year alone that they can beat off competition from more established, top flight clubs for some of Portugal’s most exciting young talents. With interest in Etebo likely to intensify, Wolves should perhaps challenge Mendes to work his magic again.

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