Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, Wolves’ £13 million deadline day addition, is already making an impact on Gary O’Neil and is set to make his Premier League debut against Liverpool this weekend.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed one of Europe’s most in-form central midfielders, who has two goals and two assists in his previous three games for Strasabourg.
And if Jean-Ricner Bellegarde can reproduce the wonderful free-kick he struck against Lyon back in August, he might become an instant hero in Old Gold; a Wolves debut is on the cards when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool visit in the Black Country ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Bellegarde, a potential bargain at about £13 million, has done nothing but help his chances of joining the club, making a good early impression on his new head coach.
Jean-Ricner Bellegarde is making an impression at Wolves.
“He’s been excellent in training,” O’Neil said, according to the Wolves website. “Extremely well. There’s no fuss about his approach, work ethic, or how well he understands what you ask.
“(Bellegarde) never questions (our orders).” He understands and is eager to participate. He possesses an excellent attitude, quality, and athleticism.
“It’s a promotion to the Premier League.” But we’re curious to see how well and quickly he adjusts, and what influence he has.”
Wolves take on Liverpool at Molineux.
Tommy Doyle (who has joined Wolves from Manchester City after Matheus Nunes left) could also make his debut against Liverpool. Santiago ‘Santi’ Bueno, a new £8.5 million centre-back, has also joined the club.
Bueno, who has twice represented Uruguay and is highly regarded by the legendary Marcelo Bielsa, provides much-needed depth and competition to a Wolves backline that has been weakened by the departures of Nathan Collins and Conor Coady.
“He’s an excellent footballer.” “He’s good with the ball and athletic,” O’Neil adds of Bueno, who arrived from Girona in the final week of the transfer window.
“I haven’t seen much of him.” He spent a day with us before the Crystal Palace game, but he was called up to the Uruguay squad and only returned today for training. We needed four senior centre-halves, and he’s a good player who will add competition for the two who have the shirt.”