Fosun have done some amazing things for Wolves since taking over the club in 2016. First and foremost, they have taken them from the Championship to the Premier League.
Secondly, they have taken them to Europa League soccer. Thus, a simple link-up with Swiss outfit Grasshopper is likely to be low down on their list of achievements.
That being said, it’s a relationship that’s beginning to blossom and grow. Fosun also own Grasshopper and as a result, they’ve used the club as a feeder team. At the moment, they have a number of Wolves players on loan.
Oskar Buur, Leo Bonatini, Connor Ronan and Toti Gomes are all currently plying their trade in Switzerland. They’ve clearly had a good influence on the side as they lead the way at the top of the Swiss Challenge League.
One of the key performers has been Toti. The 22-year-old signed for Wolves last summer and was immediately loaned out in order to further his development.
He has done so to brilliant effect in Switzerland this season and has very much looked the part at the heart of their defence.
Toti hasn’t missed a match and has helped Grasshopper to seven clean sheets from their 21 league outings to date. He has also scored twice.
One goal & 3 points for @TotiGomes and @gc_zuerich
— elementwelvesports (@ElemenTwelve) February 10, 2021
It has been an encouraging learning curve for the young defender who, at times this season, has shown similar qualities to those of Willy Boly. The Wolves stalwart is one of their most consistent players and uses brute force to throw opponents to one side. He is a devastating wall and when it comes to physical traits, no one comes close to him in the current Wolves backline.
Though, in Toti, they have a similar player, someone who could give Boly a run for his money if he gets a chance in the senior set-up at Molineux next season.
You only need to look at his performance against Thun earlier this season. He was a battering ram, using his sheer pace to recover quickly and his power to swat attackers to one side.
@TotiGomes is currently on loan from Wolves, who picked him up from Estoril Praia’s reserve side. Looking at his data, he’s in the highest percentiles for pretty much any important stat, here’s some recent footage
— The Scout Issue (@TheScoutIssue) December 9, 2020
The footage above was shared by a scout at a Champions League club, someone who detailed Toti’s best qualities on Twitter: “(He is) very fast and mobile, physically strong, quick reactions, decent in the air, knows how to defend, comfortable on the ball.”
The scout revealed that the defender’s next step should be at a Europa League level club and in Wolves, he has that firmly on his doorstep.
Possessing similar attributes to Boly, it’s hard to deny he wouldn’t fit Nuno Santo’s style of play. Toti typifies the modern centre half in all its glory. He is a very eye-catching prospect.
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