Domagoj Vida is expected to start as Besiktas host Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Europa League in Istanbul.

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans are about to be reminded of a very familiar name.

Domagoj Vida was linked with a move to Molineux throughout the summer of 2018 and with good reason. Alongside Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren, the big, blonde centre-back shone as Croatia reached the final of the World Cup, throwing his body on the line in famous triumphs over Argentina and England along the way.

And Wolves, seemingly impressed by Vida’s remarkable commitment to the cause, made a bid of £16 million in an attempt to convince Besiktas to sell, according to Sabah. The Turkish giants weren’t budging, however, and the 30-year-old stayed put.

But just over a year on, Vida has the ideal opportunity to show Wolves what they’re missing.

The former Dinamo Zagreb and Bayer Leverkusen enforcer is expected to start against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in Thursday’s Europa League clash in Istanbul.

And Besiktas, who suffered a shock 4-2 loss at Slovan Bratislava on matchday one with Liverpool loanee Loris Karius making yet another mistake, will need Vida at his barnstorming best if they are to keep Raul Jimenez and co off the score sheet.

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