The “outstanding” Theo Corbeanu is making a big impression at Wolverhampton Wanderers and academy manager Scott Sellars expects to see loan offers arrive during the January transfer window, speaking to the Birmingham Mail.
With £35 million record signing Fabio Silva netting his first two goals in Old Gold during Tuesday’s 2-1 EFL Trophy victory over Doncaster Rovers, it was no surprise who hogged the headlines in the Black Country this week.
But Corbeanu also caught the eye at the Keepmoat, with an attacking performance full of energy and endeavour.
The Canada-born Romania youth star, who arrived at Wolves from Toronto in 2018, has been quietly impressive at U21 level for a while. And he appears to have stepped up his progress since football returned after the spring lock-down.
So much so he’s now a regular presence in first-team training, with Nuno Espirito Santo clearly impressed by the 18-year-old’s development.
“I have no doubt, come January, we’re going to have lots of enquiries from people wanting to take him on loan because of how he’s performing,” Sellars says.
“From minute one of pre-season, he’s probably been our best player. He’s a player who, whenever he gets the ball, excites me. I think something is going to happen.”
U21 coach James Collins agrees, describing Corbeanu as an “outstanding” talent after the teenager signed a professional contract until 2023.
“Theo can be anything he wants to be,” Collins explains. “He’s an outstanding prospect.
“He’s got to keep improving and he knows that – he’s another good kid who wants to learn. But I think Theo can be as good as he wants to be.”
Silva and Corbeanu may be the stand-out prospects but Wolves’ U21 squad is chock-full of future stars. It includes soon-to-be USA international Owen Otasowie, set-piece specialist Taylor Perry and former Bayern Munich midfielder Meritan Shabani.
The future is as bright as the present at Molineux.