Wolves involved in transfer tussle as Leeds United are given Helder Costa advice
Man in demand
Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough are all ‘monitoring’ highly rated Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Cameron John, according to reports in the national press.
The 20-year-old, who is on season long loan deal with Doncaster Rovers, has earned rave reviews for his early season form.
He has played eight times for the League One promotion chasing side, quickly establishing himself as a fan favourite at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Both he and fellow Wolves loanee Niall Ennis have helped Donny to 15 points from their opening eight games ad John’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed.
According to the Daily Mail, the three clubs have been scouting the central defender, taking in Rovers’ latest game against Peterborough United, where they kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.
Leeds United supporters continue to vent their frustrations at Helder Costa’s continued omission from the starting line-up.
For the ninth Championship game in a row, the Portuguese international was again named only as a substitute for the Whites’ draw with Derby County.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side dominated the game, but were left to rue missed chances as Chris Martin netted a last gasp equaliser.
Costa, who joined Leeds this summer from Wolverhampton Wanderers, has endured a stop start beginning to his career at Elland Road, with Bielsa instead preferring Jack Harrison.
The 25-year-old has started only two games since his switch from Wolves , both coming in the Carabao Cup, with his league opportunities amounting only to cameos.
It was just before the hour mark that Costa was introduced against the Rams, but Bielsa is coming under increased pressure from fans to unleash the flying winger from the start.
@Snadd23: Harrison’s time starting is done for now. Nearly 15 crosses first half easily and not a single one hit a man. Costa has to start at Charlton
@CilDaraTimes: It’s a results business. Shots, possession etc are secondary. The problem is the conversion. Nketiah & Costa have to start the next game. Bamford is doing ok but the reality is he’s not hitting the net as frequently as required. 5 points from 12 at home. Not good enough
@JohnLUFC: Bamford, Nketiah & Costa need to be a front 3 with Pablo / Tyler pulling strings behind
Roy Hodgson is sure that Wolverhampton Wanderers will find some form – but he hopes it is after Sunday!
The Crystal Palace boss was speaking ahead of the two sides meeting at Selhurst Park, with Wolves looking for their first Premier League win of the season.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side come into the game having lost their last three encounters in all competitions, including their Europa League group stage opener against Braga.
But Hodgson is insistent that although the results are not there, Wolves are playing every bit as well as last season.
“They have obviously not got the start they would have wanted,” Hodgson said. “They have had a few disappointing results and I am sure they will be upset about the cruelty of fate.
“I watched the (Braga) game and if a team was going to win, I thought it would be them, so to come away from that with a defeat will be a bitter blow.
“But it shouldn’t affect their confidence as a team, because I thought they played very well and that they are playing every bit as well, watching the game, as they did last season.”
An eye on Bruno
Six hundred and thirty six supporters were at New Bucks Head on Friday evening for a rare glimpse of Portuguese starlet Bruno Jordao.
Granted, many of those in attendance were Arsenal fans desperate to see Hector Bellerin and new signing Kieran Tierney in the flesh – but those of an old gold persuasion were yearning to see Jordao.
Wolverhampton Wanderers paid Lazio £18million to bring Jordao and his close friend and compatriot Pedro Neto to the Black Country. While Neto is a permanent fixture in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first team, Jordao has began life at Molineux with the under-23s.
And he started his fifth game for Rob Edwards’ side in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal in Premier League 2, marking it with a second goal in as many matches.
Here’s a detailed account of the 20-year-old’s showing against the Gunners:
The midfielder, who we’re told is at his best going forward, looked to spring into Arsenal’s box whenever the Gunners afforded Wolves possession in the first half.
It wasn’t long before Jordao’s intelligent movement led to an excellent chance for Wolves. He drifted in behind Tierney – a player who cost Arsenal £25million in the summer – to collect Oskar Buur’s pass before driving a low centre into Lewis Richards’ path at the far post. Unfortunately for Wolves, defender Richards isn’t renowned for his goalscoring capabilities and fired over.
Jordao linked very well with right wing-back Buur, just as Leander Dendoncker does with Matt Doherty at first team level, and was fast becoming Arsenal’s tormentor.
A smart burst of pace saw him find space on the right of Arsenal’s penalty area again but his latest drilled cross was diverted behind by Harry Clarke with Austin Samuels lurking.