Earlier this month the red-tops linked Wolves with a Â£2.5 million swoop for Marseilleâ€™s Guadeloupian centre-half Ronald Zubar. The story has gathered momentum today with the Times of London reporting that the fee and contract have been agreed with the medical set to take place this week.
The 23-year-old began his career at Caen making 97 appearances and scoring just twice. His raw potential caught the eye of many clubs in Ligue 1 and, as usual for any French player of promise, a possible move to Arsenal was touted. Eventually Marseille won the race to sign the player for an undisclosed sum.
At Caen the 6.1 ft inch centre-half was known for his pace, athleticism and bravery making many an important last-ditch tackle to deny almost certain goals. His powerful physique was impressive for such a young player and served to intimidate the opposition.
However since moving to Les PhocÃ©ens his career has taken a downward trajectory and the early promise he displayed has not metamorphisised into him becoming a reliable or imposing defender. In fact he could be described as Franceâ€™s Titus Bramble (the Newcastle version).
Zubar suffers from lapses in concentration and has not improved his positional sense which has left him vulnerable to runs on his blind side, leading to goals being conceded. Furthermore, he has the unfortunate tendency to score own goals.
His lack of positional sense has directly led to a poor disciplinary record and in 20 matches last season he received 7 yellow cards and 1 red.
With strong coaching Zubar is capable of improving however, with Wolves looking to cement their place in the Premier League this season it is doubtful how great an asset the defender would be at Molineux. At Â£2.5 million he is one for the future, but this will not be enough to placate fans for whom Premier League survival is paramount now.
We do not believe that their will be much singing of â€œZubar trooperâ€ this coming season (excuse the pun).
Video evidence of Ronald Zubar bloopers can be seen here.