Wolves can sign their own Bale in Tsygankov

The transfer window has been closed for just over two weeks now, but Wolverhampton Wanderers are apparently already planning their January activities, with reports linking Bruno Lage’s side with Viktor Tsygankov.

What is the word?

According to the French outlet Young FootballersWolves, Newcastle United and West Ham are all keeping tabs on the winger after impressive performances in recent seasons.

The 24-year-old is a product of Dynamo Kyiv’s academy and has established himself as a regular both there and with the Ukraine national team since bursting onto the scene as a teenager.

The report suggests that Tsygankov could be available at a reduced price, as his contract with Kyiv is ready to expire at the end of this season, a sale in January therefore makes sense if the Ukrainian team wants to avoid losing him for nothing, although foreign teams may approach him with a contract under the Bosman ruling.

The Bale de Lage?

While the wide positions are one of the few areas where Lage has plenty of depth and quality, with Pedro Neto, Goncalo Guedes, Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-Chan available there, Tsygankov’s performances suggest he could be a wise addition.

Should Wolves sign Tsygankov?

Yes

Nope

Nope

During his spell at Dinamo Kyiv, the young winger contributed an impressive 87 goals and 60 assists in 219 appearances, including 11 in just 18 league appearances last season.

When he burst onto the scene with Kyiv, he drew comparisons to Gareth Bale due to his ability to clip his left foot from the right wing, while Serhiy Rebrov, his former manager, also sang his praises.

He said: “He is the future of Dynamo. It’s no coincidence that he made his first start in a Champions League game and he really seized his chance by providing an assist against Napoli. If he hones his natural talent in the right way, he will have a great career.

Considering that goals have been an issue throughout Lage’s tenure at Wolves, with just three goals in the Premier League this season, adding a goalscoring winger in Bale’s mold could be a great move in January.

After all, the Welshman scored 54 goals in the Premier League in his career with Tottenham Hotspur, before winning a host of trophies with Real Madrid.

If Tsygankov is even half as good as Bale then Wolves will have a very good player on their hands, so Lage should do everything he can to bring the Ukrainian youngster to Molineux in January.