With Wolverhampton Wanderers issues in front of goal so far in the Premier League campaign of 2018/19 everyone expects us to be looking at strikers in the January transfer window, but I don’t think it naturally follows that Rafa Mir would be an unfortunate casualty of another forward arriving at the Molineux – although I can see sense in Celtic being linked with him.
The 21-year-old arrived at Wolves in the January 2018 window and he did take the No 9 shirt initially from memory, but he only made a couple of appearances and saw himself loaned out to Las Palmas in August for greater game time and his development continues to go well.
Spanish outlet La Razon recently speculated that they believed Mir was available for around the £6million mark and that we would be open to cashing in to free up a slot.
I think it’s 2+2 = easy content and the implication is for that fee a few Spanish sides would be interested in him – they namecheck Sevilla.
I don’t think it follows. We will bring in a new striker as other more senior players aren’t doing the business for us and logically Leo Bonatini will be moved on, so Mir wouldn’t drop down the pecking order at all.
It’s a non-starter for me on that front.
Extremely loose speculation suggesting Celtic may again become interested in him, follow claims of interest prior to our signing of him, have more legs though.
But not as a permanent deal. It would be a further step up in his development to go to the reigning Scottish Premiership Champions, especially the expectations that come with playing for such a club and their crowds.
I wouldn’t overly be surprised to see him return in January and then head out North, especially if the snippet I caught about injuries at the club is accurate.