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Why This Portuguese Defender Would Be A Smashing Addition To Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Life hasn’t been easy for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship so far this term as they are languishing in the lower half of the league table. Currently placed 18th, they have accumulated merely 35 points from 31 outings and are just 6 points aloof of Wigan Athletic who are right in the danger zone. Paul Lambert hasn’t been able to better his CV with his Wolves’ project and no wonder the summer transfer window would be a huge one for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Their defence has been a shaky one ever since the start of the season and there is a dire need to inject a lot of resilience in their backline. Wolves must have been doing a lot of homework to look for potential targets and lately, reports have emerged that they are plotting a move to lure Rio Ave defender Roderick Miranda to the Molineux. The central defender has been on the radar of a lot of clubs with the way he has been plying his trade for the Portuguese outfit and the reports that have surfaced linking Miranda to the English outfit don’t really come as a shock.

Portugal might be a small country, if we speak geographically, but it has gifted several players to the game of football including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho, Nani and Fabio Coentrao to name a few. Miranda appears to be following the same trajectory as he has been taking marauding steps in the Primeira Liga.

The 25-year-old is tall, physically strong, commanding and has the versatility of being stationed in the defensive midfield slot as well. Emerging from the youth system of Odivelas and Benfica, he has accumulated decent experience from his spell in the senior side of Benfica, apart from the loan spells at Servette and Deportivo La Coruna.

What is special about him is that he is tactically very sound, never refrains from making tackles in crunch situations, stands steadfast at the heart of the defence and imposes himself as a vehement threat aerially. Miranda is a promising aspect and will only get better with the passage of time. The Fosun Group has indeed worked pretty hard to instil confidence and quality back into the team but then, there are still a lot of areas of importance. Without any shadow of a doubt, Wolves should leave no stone unturned to ensure that the Portuguese puts pen to the paper.

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