Does Wolves' £1m Paul Gladon deal now look more baffling than ever?

Nuno Esprito Santo manger of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Wolverhampton at Hillsborough on December 15, 2017 in...

Paul Gladon did absolutely nothing in the Championship during his time with Wolverhampton Wanderers - and is struggling in the Eredivisie too.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Portuguese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo watches from the touchline during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Manchester City and...

Everyone knows the degree of risk that goes hand-in-hand with signing a striker from the Eredivisie.

The likes of Matija Kezman, Afonso Alves and Vincent Janssen scored goals for fun in the Dutch top flight but famously flopped after making big-money moves to England.

Though Wolves’ decision to sign Paul Gladon from Heracles in the summer of 2016 looks even more baffling with the benefit of hindsight, because unlike Kezman, Alves and Janssen, he was hardly prolific in the Eredivisie.

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In fact, Gladon scored a grand total of four goals in 24 games for Heracles in the 2015/16 season. He had tallied far greater totals at Sparta Rotterdam and Dordrecht – but they were in the second division at the time.

So perhaps it should be no real surprise that Gladon struggled at Wolves. The 26-year-old, who moved to Molineux for £1 million, managed just 96 minutes of goalless league action and quickly became the club’s forgotten man.

Jan-Arie van der Heijden of Feyenoord battles for the ball with Paul Gladon of Heracles Almelo during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Heracles Almelo and Feyenoord Rotterdam held at...

He has since returned to Heracles on loan, but, after netting just five goals in 28 Eredivsie appearances this season, it is understood that Heracles are unlikely to take up the option to buy the striker this summer.

As it stands, Wolves would be laughing if they could make back the £1 million fee they invested in Gladon two years ago, but that will be easier said than done for a player they probably should never have signed in the first place.

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