'I'd love this': Derby fans react to links with Wolves' Ivan Cavaleiro

DERBY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:A Derby fan gestures 1-0 to the Nottingham fans during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15,...

Ivan Cavaleiro struggled in the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers but is a return to the Championship with Derby County on the cards?

Harry Wilson of Derby looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at Pride Park Stadium on December 17, 2018 in Derby, England.

Phillip Cocu might have only been the Derby County manager for a matter of days but it should already be apparent to the experienced Dutchman that replacing Harry Wilson is a matter of priority.

The reigning EFL Young Player of the Year, Wilson was a revelation during his loan spell at Pride Park from Liverpool, comfortably finishing as the club’s top scorer in the Championship with 16 goals, not to mention a further four assists.

But with the Welsh wing wizard returning to Anfield, there is a gaping void on the right hand side of Derby’s attack. Yet they might have just identified the perfect replacement in Ivan Cavaleiro.

Ivan Cavaleiro of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and AFC Bournemouth at Molineux on...

Unlike Wilson, a subtle and skilful player, Cavaleiro is a brutish bulldog of a forward. He loves nothing more than to drive at goal at full pelt, shrugging full-backs off along the way.

Nine goals and 12 assists as Wolves won the Championship title in 2018, Wolves' one-time £7 million record signing would be a perfect addition for a manager like Cocu, whose counter-attacking approach inspired PSV to three Eredivisie titles in four years.

Wolvesbite say that a deal is on the cards – and Derby fans could not be happier.

Barry Douglas and Ivan Cavaleiro of Wolverhampton Wanderers during their celebrations of winning the Sky Bet Championship on a winners parade around the city of Wolverhampton on May 7,...

 

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