Did Wolves dodge a £53m bullet in Valencia winger Goncalo Guedes?

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates victory after the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Ashton Gate on February 17,...

Wolverhampton Wanderers reportedly wanted to bring Guedes to the Premier League before he returned to La Liga outfit Valencia from PSG.

Goncalo Guedes of Valencia runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Valencia v Celtic at Estadio Mestalla on February 21, 2019 in Valencia, .

Goncalo Guedes exploded onto the world stage last season. During a season on loan at Valencia, the winger scored six goals and produced 11 assists and was compared to compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo as Los Che sealed a dramatic return to the Champions League.

And with Guedes represented by a certain Jorge Mendes, it was no surprise when Wolverhampton Wanderers were linked.

According to L’Equipe, Wolves wanted to bring the PSG forward to Molineux – despite a £53 million price-tag that would have made him comfortably the most expensive signing in the club’s history.

 

Instead, however, Guedes returned to the Mestalla, signing for Valencia on a permanent basis. And you have to wonder whether Wolves have dodged a £53 million bullet.

Because Guedes’s second season in Spain has been nothing like his first. Injuries have taken their toll but there’s still no real excuse for a tally of one assist, and zero goals, in 18 appearances across all competitions.

Goncalo Guedes of Valencia CF reacts during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on February 10, 2019 in Valencia, Spain.

The former Benfica wonder kid has looked a shadow of his former self and produced another hugely disappointing performance in the Europa League victory against Celtic on Thursday night.

Valencia won 1-0, and 3-0 on aggregate, but Guedes failed to make any sort an impression, giving the ball away time and time again and spending more time on the floor than he did flying forwards with the ball at his feet.

Time is on Guedes’s side but it seems that he is already at a career crossroads.

Goncalo Guedes of Portugal and Matias Vecino of Uruguay compete for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Uruguay and Portugal at Fisht Stadium on June...

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