Wolves talent would be ideal for suitors Newcastle and West Brom
Prem duo could be set for transfer tussle
After a superb start to the season for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Conor Coady has become the latest Championship talent to draw interest from Premier League clubs.
The latest reports suggest Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion are both lining up a January swoop for the 24-year-old. And there’s reason to believe he could be a perfect fit for either side.
The midfield breakthrough
An incredibly versatile player, the Liverpudlian burst onto the scene as a dynamic central midfielder for Sheffield United in 2013-14. He netted six times and chalked up four assists as the Blades finished seventh in League One and reached the FA Cup Semi-Finals.
He continued to impress in that role after making the step up to then-Championship Huddersfield United a year later, missing just one game in all competitions.
However, since joining Wolves, the player’s defensive qualities have been underlined. A leader in defence, his dynamic play at right-back made him one of the club’s top performers last term.
As for this term, new Molineux boss Nuno Espirito Santo has reinvented the player as a centre-back and given him the captain’s armband.
A natural leader, Coady’s physicality, intelligent reading of the game and confident distribution have seen him play the best football of his career to date at centre-half.
Wolves have recorded five clean sheets in his 12 league outings, while the defender gained huge praise for his part in Tuesday’s clean sheet at Carabao Cup opponents Manchester City. The former Liverpool youngster kept the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne quiet for 120 minutes at the Etihad.
The perfect fit
For West Brom’s part, centre-back Jonny Evans is likely to depart for pastures new next summer, if not sooner.
With 37-year-old Gareth McAuley also heading towards retirement, a more mobile organiser in defence looks a good call. Especially with Coady boasting the terrier-like mentality of a ‘Pulis player’.
While Newcastle currently have more long-term options in defensive areas, they could look to utilise the Wolves ace in a full-back role. The Magpies’ men on the flanks are yet to produce a goal or assist between them this term, and Rafa Benitez would definitely benefit from a more creative and tricky presence on the flanks.
Meanwhile, Coady could also provide reliable cover for the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame in the middle of the park.
It remains to be seen whether either side can prise the player away from Molineux in January. But he’d prove a smart acquisition for the Magpies or the Baggies.
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