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Wolves can discover Jota inheritor in Lee Harkin

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Wolverhampton Wanderers have been discovered wanting in entrance of objective in current occasions, having scored simply three targets of their opening seven Premier League video games of the season, failing to offer that much-needed leading edge within the remaining third.

The Midlands aspect had scored at a fee of simply one objective per recreation final season, whereas netting at a fee of simply 0.95 targets per recreation the 12 months prior, with that document a major drop off from the 2019/20 marketing campaign, wherein the Previous Gold scored 51 targets of their 38 top-flight video games, at a fee of 1.34 targets per match.

A notable consider that distinction might nicely have been the lack of present Liverpool star Diogo Jota in the summertime of 2020, with the Portuguese star having confirmed an actual deadly presence in entrance of objective previous to his departure, scoring 16 targets in all competitions throughout that 19/20 season, together with seven within the league.

Working off the central focus of Raul Jimenez, the dynamic ahead dazzled together with his artistic aptitude and cold-blood nature in entrance of objective, offering 44 targets and 19 assists in 131 video games throughout his time at Molineux after arriving from Atletico Madrid on an preliminary mortgage deal in 2017.

The 25-year-old’s departure to Anfield on a £41m deal simply over two years in the past has clearly left a void within the Wolves aspect that’s but to be stuffed, with the membership compelled to observe him shine underneath Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage, with 34 targets in simply 88 video games for the Merseysiders up to now.

Are Wolves nonetheless lacking Jota?

Not for me!

Sure!

Yes!

Whereas changing the 29-cap gem has confirmed troublesome up to now, present boss Bruno Lage might nicely have an ideal inheritor in his ranks within the type of teenager Lee Harkin, with the 19-year-old at the moment starring at youth degree.

The diminutive gem has scored eight targets in simply 32 video games at U21 degree up to now, having beforehand netted seven targets and offered 5 assists in 30 video games at U18 degree, proving himself an actual risk together with his capacity to function all throughout the frontline – very like Jota.

The Northern Irishman notably netted within the current EFL Trophy victory over Stockport County, with that efficiency seeing him lauded by journalist Josh Bunting, who said on Twitter:

“Lee Harkin scoring for Wolves Academy towards Stockport County tonight, actually fee him, for such a younger participant not solely is he scientific however he’s additionally clever together with his motion. Very good at opening up the house to get pictures away, can adapt all throughout the entrance positions.”

That glowing evaluation little doubt showcases the teenager’s similarities to that man Jota, with the latter star having additionally been praised for his “understanding and intelligence” by pundit Noel Whelan earlier this 12 months.

Whereas Harkin is nonetheless ready for his first staff bow, the indicators are that he might nicely show to be the successor to the previous Molineux hero, if handed an opportunity by Lage.



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