Wolves are reportedly curious about signing Villarreal defender Pau Torres and the Spaniard could possibly be Julen Lopetegui’s personal model of Antonio Rudiger at Molineux.
Based on 90min, the Outdated Gold, together with Aston Villa, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all eager on the Spain worldwide, who seems set to star for Luis Enrique’s side in Qatar on the World Cup.
The 25-year-old has been a mainstay in Villarreal’s spectacular sides in current seasons, serving to the Spanish facet to the Champions League semi-final final season, after successful the Europa League within the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
This time period has seen the centre-back make 13 appearances in La Liga, during which he has averaged a stable 6.64 score from WhoScored for his performances, which ranks him forward of each Max Kilman and Nathan Collins in Wolves’ squad, whereas his expertise of enjoying in Europe’s elite competitors means that he could possibly be an improve to the Outdated Gold’s backline.
Soccer content material creator Ryan Haber recommended that Torres could possibly be a part of a “dream” switch window for Manchester United in the summertime switch window and certainly he could possibly be precisely that at Wolves ought to he signal.
Owen Hargreaves was additionally filled with reward for the defender on BT Sport final season.
Would Torres be a great signing?
He said: “He’s a improbable participant. I’m fairly stunned he’s nonetheless at Villarreal. English groups had been taking a look at him.
“I believe everybody was speaking about Man United and even Actual Madrid, I believe his potential is actually that top.
“He’s received a superb left foot, he’s nice in possession. A improbable participant so I don’t suppose he’ll be at Villarreal very lengthy.”
Subsequently, Torres is clearly a highly-rated defender and it’s straightforward to see why Lopetegui may wish to convey him to Molineux, however whenever you evaluate him with Actual Madrid stalwart Antonio Rudiger, there may be little to recommend that the Spaniard – who is ready to function for Spain on the World Cup – wouldn’t enhance Wolves’ ailing backline.
FBRef means that the previous Chelsea defender is the tenth-most comparable participant to Torres when in comparison with different centre-backs in Europe’s high leagues.
Final season noticed the 2 defenders register comparable statistics with regard to anticipated assists (each 1.5), blocked passes (each 9) and aerial duels received (58 vs 56).
WhoScored additionally means that each Rudiger and Torres‘ important strengths are passing and focus, so they’re clearly comparable defenders.
Given Rudiger’s spectacular type at Chelsea earlier than his transfer to Los Blancos, Lopetegui would certainly be silly to show down a participant much like the German at Molineux.