Rumors in the press came out on Sunday that Leeds United were linked to a double swoop for Wolverhampton duo Matt Doherty and Danny Batth and just yesterday Leeds midfielder Eunan O’Kane was rumored to be a target for Wolves. Now today comes reports that Leeds are interested in a different Wolverhampton defender, Dominic Iorfa.
Iorfa is a 22 year-old defender who has played primarily as a right-back for the Black Country club, but it is thought that his future lies at centre-back given his size and skill. He’s 6’4” tall, and as it is said in the NBA in America all the time, you can’t coach height. He has played centre-back before in the England U21s and while he’s spent time at RB for Wolves, it has been assumed that he would eventually shift to a central defender spot once his experience caught up with his raw talent and physical gifts.
Speculation on Iorfa’s status at Wolves has been fueled by his exclusion from the Wolves squad that has also traveled to Austria for a few preseason matches. The new boss at Wolverhampton, Nuno Espírito Santo, appears to prefer other players over the Wolverhampton academy product, and looks to let Iorfa move on.
West Ham United, along with Crystal Palace and Southampton, had been linked with a move for Iorfa in the 2016 season, but those moves never materialized and Iorfa seemed to be forgotten about when the January transfer window opened and shut without Wolves letting the player move on.
Wolverhampton struggled at times last season, and so it isn’t a shock that the new manager would want his own players. In fact, Wolves have brought in a number of new defenders during the summer transfer window, and it looks like right back Phil Ofosu-Ayeh, who was brought in from 2.Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig, to be the new starter.
Leeds United has shown a renewed commitment to youth and building the side from the ground up, and as the signing of former Liverpool Academy player Madger Gomes has shown, they aren’t afraid to take on players that other teams no longer have in their plans.
So while Iorfa might be on the move, don’t look for him to step in and be another Kyle Bartley, because he’s not. However, he might be a good investment for the future at Elland Road.
Iorfa’s joined Ipswich for a season long loan.