Jesus Vallejo looks set to leave Wolverhampton Wanderers after Nuno Espirito Santo admits he’s “probably going” back to parent club Real Madrid after a failed loan spell. The 22-year-old has struggled for form and playing time since joining Wolves in July and is now likely to spend the second half of the season with a different club.
Vallejo has made seven appearances in all competitions, the last of which came in Wolves’ EFL Cup defeat to Aston Villa (October 30). The Spaniard has spent most of the campaign as an unused substitute or out of the matchday squad, so it’s no surprise his stint at Molineux will be cut short.
With Conor Coady, Romain Saiss, Leander Dendoncker, Ryan Bennett and Max Kilman for competition at centre-back, Vallejo struggled to get on the pitch. Real won’t be happy seeing their player sit on the bench all season either, so it’s best for all parties that he returns to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Nuno explained the situation in Friday’s pre-match press conference, saying: “Jesus probably is going because he wants to play, he’s a young and talented player that we brought here with high expectations, but it didn’t work out. It’s time for him to go and find a club where he can play and keep on progressing because the talent is there.
“It’s based on reality, he had moments that he played, moments that he performed well, and some moments he didn’t perform well. That’s the case of Vallejo. Clearly it didn’t work out.
“When things don’t work out, you have to look at yourself as coaching staff, how can you make things work for the best? Sometimes you don’t have time, it’s three parts – you, the player, the clubs, all these things.”
Wolves face Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday evening, but it remains to be seen if Vallejo will play any part after being left out of the matchday squad in their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool (December 29, 2019) and 2-1 defeat to Watford (January 1, 2020).