Coventry City remain in the hunt for Wolves forward Bright Enobakhare – but they face rivalry for his signature from the Championship.
Wolves have decided to exercise the 12-month option they have on the 21-year-old’s contract to protect their asset, amid talk that he could attract a fee of £600,000.
Enobakhare showed in his loan spell with the Sky Blues last season that he looks ready to deliver on his exciting potential, scoring six goals in 18 games in League One after an unproductive spell north of the border with Kilmarnock.
Despite the interest, and Wolves’ willingness to hang on to him – possibly with an extended deal – Coventry insist they are not ruling out the chance he will return to play for them next season.
“Absolutely not! We could still potentially buy him or take him on loan again,” said chief executive Dave Boddy. “It depends on what he wants to do really. I think Wolves are waiting to see what he does.”
Enobakhare seemed to be settled at the Ricoh Arena last season and in fact called the place ‘home’. After saying his goodbyes at the end of the campaign, he was inundated with goodwill messages from Sky Blues fans wanting him back.
But Wolves have continued to monitor his progress and want to see if he can further fulfil the potential that saw head coach Nuno Espirito Santo five him 26 outings during the Championship title-winning year 2017-18.
Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has been hugely impressed with Enobakhare ever since he signed him, dubbing him a Premier League talent.
Robins told CoventryLive: “The quality he has in his feet is unbelievable. It might look like a diamond up front at times but I am just looking for fluid movement. It’s good because we have got clever players – and Bright is outstanding.”
Robins reckons Enobakhare needs to increase his workrate however.
“He’s a Premier League quality player but he has just got to learn to work hard and have that League One/League Two work ethic around him because he’s that type of player who is easy on the eye.” he added.
“The weight of pass is always right but he’s going to make mistakes because of his age. But he’s Premier League quality and I want him to smash it.”