Wolves transfer latest: Pundit asks ‘how is that the answer’ with alarming Andy Carroll stats and Costa claim

Andy Carroll, April 2022

Wolves fans would feel “underwhelmed” with Andy Carroll or Diego Costa as their striker – but would much prefer the latter, one pundit claims.

The Molineux club made four new signings in the summer transfer window and are seeing the fruits of some of that investment. Winger Goncalo Guedes has settled well, with record signing Matheus Nunes starring in midfield.

Manager Bruno Lage also brought in a new striker in Sasa Kalajdzic, but his situation has turned completely sour.

Indeed, an anterior cruciate ligament injury has forced Wolves back into the transfer market. But with the transfer window now closed, they are having to go after free agents.

Former Chelsea striker Costa is their top target. However, he has been initially refused a work permit, a decision which Wolves are appealing to the Football Association against.

They could instead go after ex-Liverpool man Carroll, who left West Brom at the end of last season.

According to Darren Bent, though, Carroll is not Wolves’ answer – despite having more quality than some observers think.

Wolves interest in Andy Carroll assessed

“I don’t get it. I like Andy Carroll, he’s a better footballer than we give him credit for. He’s not just a target man, he’s got a good touch and holds the ball up,” Bent told talkSPORT (06/09, 4:41pm).

“But if we’re talking about Wolves and someone who is going to stick the ball in the back of the net, he’s scored nine goals in the last five years.

“The last time he hit double figures in the league was the 2010/11 season, so over 10 years ago.

“The last time he made more than 20 Premier League appearances was 2015/16 at West Ham. Unfortunately, Andy Carroll’s not that goalscorer.

“Wolves don’t need someone who’s going to stand up there and bring others into play because they’ve got Jimenez that can do that.”

Bent added: “I think Wolves fans would be underwhelmed with both. Nine goals in five years, how is that the answer?!”

Is Costa a solution for Wolves?

Bent added that Costa is an “accomplished finisher” who can take chances – “certainly the ones Wolves have been creating this season”.

“It depends what he’s got left in the tank”, Bent said of the 33-year-old, who he labelled a “pest” at Chelsea.

Costa left Atletico Mineiro in January. He is reportedly travelling to Wolves’ training ground for a medical while his work permit situation is resolved.

Wolves want a striker in before their return to action against Liverpool on Saturday.

Wolves just need a solution

As Bent says, Wolves just need a striker in at this stage. They signed Kalajdzic, who impressed in the Bundesliga and would have been hoping to hit the ground running.

To add to their woes, there are also concerns over Jimenez, who has a groin problem.

Wolves boss Lage wanted Kalajdzic in to challenge Jimenez and offer something different. Now, though, he is uncertain on Jimenez and will certainly be without his new signing for a while.

Had the injury happened before the transfer deadline, Wolves would certainly have worked through their shortlist.

However, they must now accept their situation and try to get a deal for Costa.

He is a proven finisher who could enjoy a swansong in the Premier League, even if he doesn’t score as many goals as he did for Chelsea.

Carroll, though, has struggled a lot more for goals and they are the crucial aim for Wolves right now.