Although it seems as though Swansea have a monopoly over Premier League youngsters, they actually don’t. There are plenty of players around with little chance of first-team action who would do well to get some experience by dropping down a division or two. We bring you one from every club – no older than 21 (with one exception) – who need some football…
Manchester United are still a name. They’re a diminished force and mired in that tedious, never-ending, soap opera crisis, but they’re a scalp to be taken. Particularly at Old Trafford and particularly by sides like Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are hunting emblems indicative of their progress.
Juan Mata’s superb second-half goal sent Manchester United into the FA Cup fourth round as they beat Wolves.
The Spanish midfielder chipped over keeper John Ruddy to settle the third-round replay after being put through on goal by Anthony Martial.
Man Utd and Wolves do battle once more to determine who will advance to the FA Cup fourth round to face the winner of Watford v Tranmere.
Former Manchester United striker, Michael Owen, has backed his former team to see off Wolves in the FA Cup replay.
Both sides played a 0-0 draw in the first clash of their third-round tie at Molineux.
Owen is expecting United to seal qualification at the second time of asking.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo remains confident Wolves will land his transfer targets to boost their thin squad.
The club are chasing a defender and a striker in the January window.
Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo remains at Molineux but is expected to move on loan elsewhere this month once he finds a new club, while forward Patrick Cutrone joined Fiorentina last week.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol says Manchester United are “very interested” in Wolves striker Raul Jimenez but their Premier League rivals “will not sell him”.
The Red Devils are understood to be keen on bringing a striker into the club in the January transfer window to provide support for Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
After looking last week at the worst players in the big six, now we turn to the best ones beyond the big boys. Only two per club allowed. Soz, Ben Chilwell…
10) Adama Traore
There may be some recency bias in the Wolves winger’s inclusion on this list, but Traore’s form of late suggests the former Barcelona academy graduate might fulfil his potential after all.
It could take a huge offer if Manchester United are to persuade Ruben Neves to leave Wolves, according to reports.
United seem likely to reinforce their squad in January to try and secure a return to the Champions League through either finishing fourth in the Premier League or winning the Europa League.