By Football Wonderkids speaking to Alex Barker

28th Oct, 2022 | 3:47pm

Journalist: Wolves should be 'gutted' they didn't sign 'Europe's best' Enzo Fernandez

We’re delighted to welcome freelance journalist Alex Barker, also known as Euro Expert, who has worked for Breaking The Lines, GFFN and more, as our exclusive columnist. Each week he will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Wolves fans should be absolutely gutted after missing out on Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez in the summer, according to journalist Alex Barker.

Benfica wrapped up the signing of the 21 year old in the summer after agreeing to let him compete in the Copa Libertadores first, where he was shockingly eliminated in the first-round and then joined immediately rather than in January.

He has since settled into the Benfica side and become a key cog in Roger Schmidt’s team, while Wolves are lingering towards the bottom of the Premier League and Barker believes Fernandez is already among the best midfielders in Europe.

“I’d go as far as to say that Enzo Fernandez is the next midfield star in Europe,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“He is absolutely sensational. His passing is phenomenal. He’s got the technique nailed down which is brilliant, but it’s the vision that I’m really excited about.

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“It’s not just about long, rangy passes or really good crosses. It’s the short vertical ones. He assisted Rafa against Juventus and got two assists on the night.

“His defensive work, he’s averaging about four tackles per game. So he’s pulling his weight and could improve in that area. He’s not carrying the ball much, but his passing.

“I’ll make a concrete statement, I think Enzo Fernandez is already one of Europe’s best passers. He’s absolutely sensational. I hope he stays at Benfica as well.

“If I was a Wolves fan, while Matheus Nunes is great, I’d be gutted that we didn’t get Enzo Fernandez.

Fernandez is expected to be part of the Argentina side at the World Cup in Qatar next month, where he could really shine and attract the attention of some of Europe’s great clubs, leaving Wolves licking their wounds further at what they could and should have had as one of their own.

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