Leonardo Campana could make Wolverhampton Wanderers’ squad to face Leicester City on Friday evening after missing the u23s’ Birmingham County Senior Challenge Cup win on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old was earmarked for the reserves upon his arrival from Barcelona SC Guayaquil, but Nuno Espirito Santo has included Campana in Wolves’ Europa League squad and openly said that the centre-forward is “good backup” for Raul Jimenez.
Renat Dadashov is another young striker who could provide cover for Jimenez, but he featured for the u23s and is unlikely to play two games in as many days. Campana’s absence suggests he’s being primed for first-team football.
Wolves wanted to sign Nelson Oliveira before the January transfer window shut but couldn’t agree a fee with AEK Athens. And after loaning Benny Ashley-Seal out to Accrington Stanley, Nuno has been left with Campana and Dadashov.
Pedro Neto and Adama Traore can operate as makeshift forwards too, so the Wolves manager has enough players at disposal should Raul Jimenez be unavailable.
Ahead of Friday’s meeting with Leicester, Wolves are ninth in the Premier League with 35 points from 25 games and could go sixth in the table with a win.