O’Neil could go back in for “scintillating” £20k-p/w Sarabia successor

In the summer, there were rumors about the possibility of Wolverhampton Wanderers signing a promising young midfielder. Now, Gary O’Neil, the new Wolves boss, is considering whether to pursue this exciting prospect once more.

Wolverhampton Wanderers experienced significant changes during the summer, with Julen Lopetegui leaving the club after a brief stint in England. Additionally, key first-team players like Matheus Nunes, Ruben Neves, and Nathan Collins all departed to join Manchester City, Al-Hilal, and Brentford, respectively. These changes left Gary O’Neil facing a challenging task as the new manager, and many predict that Wolves might struggle on the field, with both neutrals and Wolves fans considering the possibility of relegation.

However, against all expectations, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been performing remarkably well this season. They currently hold a commendable 12th position in the Premier League. Recent victories include a 2-1 win over AFC

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Bournemouth, the team that had sacked O’Neil in the summer, and an unexpected victory over the reigning champions, Manchester City, also by a score of 2-1. Despite these promising results, Wolves are still looking to strengthen their depleted squad when the January transfer window opens, and one potential signing being considered is Facundo Pellistri, possibly on a loan basis.

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During the summer, there were reports that Wolves were interested in securing the services of Manchester United’s young talent, Facundo Pellistri, on loan. Manchester United was open to the idea of allowing the 21-year-old, who earns £20,000 per week, to gain more playing time away from Old Trafford. Luton, Burnley, and Bournemouth also expressed interest in signing Pellistri, but no move materialized during the summer transfer window.

The question now is whether Wolves will revive their interest in the Uruguayan player when the transfer window reopens at the beginning of 2024. Pellistri has shown promise at Manchester United, making 16 appearances to date for the Red Devils, including six in the Premier League this season. His potential addition to Wolves’ squad would significantly enhance their options.

Facundo Pellistri, who joined Manchester United in the summer of 2020 after featuring for Peñarol in Montevideo, is highly regarded within the club. He scored three goals in nine matches for the Manchester United U21s upon his arrival in England, gradually working his way into Erik Ten Hag’s first-team plans. Pellistri’s abilities were showcased in a Europa League last-16 tie against Real Betis, where he played a crucial role in Wout Weghorst’s game-clinching fourth goal in a 4-1 victory. He has also excelled in cup competitions this season.

Wolves might view Pellistri as a potential upgrade over Pablo Sarabia, a 31-year-old Spanish midfielder whose playing time in the first team has been limited under O’Neil’s management. While Sarabia has displayed quality with four assists in all competitions in the 2023/24 season, three of those assists came in a League Cup match against Blackpool. He has been less influential against Premier League opposition, according to journalist Alex Richards.

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