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Wolves Linked With 20 Y/O English Midfielder: Can He Find His Feet In The Championship?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Reports have emerged linking EFL Championship leaders, Wolves to Coventry City’s Ben Stevenson. The 20-year-old is being considered for the club’s future in the Premier League now that they have broken away from the pack with a 9-point lead.

Stevenson started his professional career with the Sky Blues and signed his contract with the League Two side in 2015 after impressing for the academy. He made his debut on 9th August 2013 in the 3-2 EFL League Cup win against Portsmouth. The midfielder’s promise of future stardom on soared to further lengths last season when he broke into the senior side and finishing 2016/2017 with 35 appearances and 2 goals.

His current contract is set to run until the summer of 2020 alongside fellow academy graduate Cian Harries and City might just be ready to cash in on him before the end of the January transfer window. Stevenson’s run of form has suffered this season with just 11 appearances so far and the arrival of Liam Kelly and Michael Doyle will only further hinder his development.

18-year-old Kelly has replaced him while Stevenson was tending to his injuries and this has made the Leicester-born midfielder’s future with the Sky Blues even more uncertain.

Making the jump to the top division will certainly give him an escape and the opportunity to prove his talents against the elites.

The club might just agree on a transfer if a considerable bid comes in from any of the Championship sides and Wolves are more than happy to indulge. Nuno Espirito Santo has set a dominant presence in the Championship this season and the Portuguese tactician is scouring the transfer market to make further additions.

Wolves are headed towards a completely different directions than they were a couple of seasons ago. Their dominance in the second division of English football has been fuelled by a good investment strategy in obtaining top quality young talents. They have already made attacking restrengthening in Rafael Mir from Valencia and are now looking for a midfield ace.

Stevenson somehow fits the bill as to what Santo wants now that the club has been linked with James Maddison also. The Sky Blues academy product is well capable of taking up the holding midfield role along with the technical ability to surge ahead when required.

He is still getting set to the pace of the English game but has shown composure in tight spaces. Maybe he can fight his way through the highly competitive Wolves youth ranks and help them survive a season the Premier League next year.

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