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As Adama Traore shifted the ball to his right foot and hammered a shot through Alphonse Areola in the 94th minute, the Wolverhampton Wanderers winger may as well have pulled out a bucket and brush. 

Because this was a classic case of papering over the cracks, a dramatic last-gasp winner during April’s trip to Fulham just about making up for what had been another hugely underwhelming performance from Nuno Espirito Santo’s side. 

In fact, Wolves had to wait until 74 minutes to muster a shot on target at Craven Cottage. And that has been the case for much of the season – a complete absence of cutting edge in the final third hampering a side that has fallen far below expectations.

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While Fabio Silva and Willian Jose have had to shoulder their fair share of the blame – scoring just four Premier League goals between them in the absence of Raul Jimenez – asking a striker to find the net without any semblance of service is like asking Lewis Hamilton to win the Portuguese Grand Prix on flat tyres. 

Between them, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Leander Dendoncker, Morgan Gibbs-White and Vitinha have mustered only three assists. The impish, impudent Daniel Podence, meanwhile, hasn’t been the same since his injury over the festive period.  

Clearly, the misfiring strikers aren’t Nuno’s only problem.

But could Lee Kang-in, a 20-year-old South Korean earning his stripes at Valencia, be the man to add some extra horsepower to the Molineux engine room?

This week, Sport Aragon reported one of La Liga’s most exciting young talents could be heading to Wolves in a £14 million swap deal that would see Rafa Mir head in the other direction. 

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Having scored 15 goals on loan at Spanish strugglers Huesca, many Wolves supporters have been at pains to point out Nuno Espirito Santo could do with Mir back at Molineux.

But, with Jimenez on his way back and Silva viewed as a real star for the future, Wolves could find better use for the six-cap South Korea international instead.  

“He is willing to learn every day, regardless of whether he’s in first or second-team training,” Valencia academy director Luis Vicente Mateo told Goal about Lee Kang-in.  

“He is a player with outstanding talent.”

Having been compared to former Valencia playmakers David Silva and Isco, Lee is at his most dangerous when threading inch-perfect passes in behind opposition back lines – the sort of devilish assist Silva, in particular, would thrive on. 

In just 12 La Liga starts, Lee has four assists to his name this season – more than all but one member of Nuno’s Wolves squad.

If Wolves want a player capable of turning dull possession into a glut of chances, Kang-in certainly can.

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