Striker leaves Wolves as they’re linked with 15-goal attacker
Pep Guardiola might’ve seen his Manchester City side dismantle Rotherham United and Burton Albion in recent matches – wins that yielded a phenomenal 16 goals – but he’ll be taking the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers anything but lightly on Monday evening.
Wolves will make the trip north to the Etihad Stadium high on confidence after seeing off Liverpool last Monday and sealing their place in the next round of the FA Cup.
City, albeit against lower league opponents, haven’t been messing around – they also beat Liverpool in what was a key meeting at the top of the Premier League table.
This is will be the third meeting between Nuno and Guardiola in this country and, in the space of 90 minutes at least, City have failed to overcome the old gold.
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Paul Gladon has parted company with Wolverhampton Wanderers after the two parties agreed to cancel his contract.
The striker arrived at Molineux during the days of Walter Zenga, in the summer of 2016, and made just three appearances in old gold – all of them coming within a month of him joining.
Gladon, 26, cost Wolves around £1m from Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo but quickly fell out of favour with Zenga.
The following tenures of Paul Lambert and Nuno Espirito Santo didn’t provide Gladon with any fresh opportunities to impress and he has been back on loan to Heracles since.
Nuno Espirito Santo offered a coy response when asked about Tammy Abraham’s decision to reject Wolverhampton Wanderers and remain with Aston Villa.
Wolves had looked into a loan deal for Abraham, to provide competition for their own loaned striker Raul Jimenez, ahead of their push for a top half finish in the second half of the Premier League campaign.
Abraham has shone for Villa this term, scoring 16 goals in just 20 matches.
The towering forward inevitably caught the attention of not just Wolves, but other top flight sides looking to bolster their own attacks.
Abraham, who has already thrived on loan at Bristol City and Swansea City before heading to Villa in the summer, was believed to be disinterested in yet another temporary move.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are believed to be eager to retain the forward.
Manchester City are expected to have Sergio Aguero available for the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
The striker has missed the last two matches, cup ties against Rotherham United and Burton Albion, with an illness but should be back in contention.
Aguero is City’s top scorer with 14 goals this season and struck the opener against Liverpool in last appearance on January 3.
Gabriel Jesus has started in his absence and scored five goals, including putting four past Burton in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg midweek.
And Pep Guardiola hinted at his pre-match press conference that Aguero is likely to return to the squad.
The 20-year-old forward has impressed in League One this term with 14 goals in 23 appearances for the Black Cats.
And the Daily Mail reports Wolves have joined the chase for Maja with the striker’s contract due to expire at the end of this season.
Sunderland boss Jack Ross is powerless to prevent Maja from running down his contract but admits he’s been impressed by the young striker’s application amidst all the speculation.
It’s that time of the week, Paul Merson tips Wolves to lose.
It’s become a bone of contention for Wolves fans with his predictions often being a little bit off the mark. In the defence of the former Aston Villa star, he won’t be the only one to tip Wolves to get dismantled at City.
He also has plenty of positive things to say about Nuno Espirito Santo ‘s side. He writes: “City struggled at Wolves earlier in the season.
“Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have done great, they’ve come up and had a real go.
“They have been an absolute credit to the Premier League. City look back in their groove after following up the win over Liverpool with emphatic cup victories over Rotherham and Burton.
“City have to be careful, but they should get the job done.”