Wolves have announced the signing of Jesus Vallejo from Real Madrid on a season long loan deal. The centre back is Wolves’ third signing of the transfer window after singing Jimenez and Dendoncker on permanent deals.
Vallejo has previously played with Jonny at international level and will look to gain valuable first team experience within the Wolves ranks. Here’s what he’s had to say about his move to Wolves:
“I’m very happy. Thank you so much to Wolves for this opportunity and to the fans for this warm welcome. I’m looking forward to training and playing with my teammates.”
Vallejo started his career, joining the Real Zaragoza youth setup in 2007. He progressed well through their youth side, clearly impressing being called up to their senior side before even featuring for their B-side, making his debut against Recreativo de Huelva in the Segunda Division.
In July 2915, Real Madrid signed the youngster on a six year deal, for a few believed to be around €6 million. He was immediately loaned back to Real Zaragoza, featuring on 20 occasions helping the team keep a total of 9 clean sheets.
The following season he joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a season long loan deal where he made 25 appearances in the Bundesliga, keeping 10 clean sheets, scoring 1 goal and proving 1 assist.
The 2017/18 campaign was when Vallejo made his debut for Real Madrid, although it didn’t go to plan as he was sent off in the last minute of a 2-0 victory against FC Fuenlabrada. Across the last two seasons, he managed to make just 12 appearances in La Liga due to injuries, but he did also make 1 appearance in the Champions League.
Internationally, Vallejo has featured for Spain youth sides from under-16’s through to under-21’s. Most recently he captained the under-21’s in their Euro Championship victory in June.
Fantasy Football Potential
Vallejo’s main competition will be Ryan Bennett and it is thought that he will eventually take Bennett’s spot in the starting XI, however it may take some time for the Spaniard to integrate into the team. This also relies on Vallejo remaining fit to claim a spot in the first team.
Bennet is priced at £5.0m, so we fully expect Vallejo to be priced around £5.0n-£5.5m. Wolves do have a tough start to the Premier League season, with a first 5 fixtures of; Leicester (A), Manchester United (H), Burnley (H), Everton (A) and Chelsea (H). They then go on to play Manchester City (A) in gameweek 8, but the fixtures do improve from gameweek 12 through to gameweek 16. This could be perfect for FPL managers to sit back and see whether or not Vallejo manages to nail down a spot in the Wolves defence.