Dadashov makes loan move to Portugal

Wolves forward Renat Dadashov has joined Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Clube Desportivo de Tondela on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old striker returns to Portugal’s top-flight having had previous success in the division with Pacos de Ferreira and Estoril, scoring four times in 22 appearances for the club ahead of his move to Molineux back in 2019.

An Azerbaijan international with seven caps to his name, Dadashov will be aiming to get a full season of football under his belt at CD Tondela after his entire 2020/21 campaign was taken away from him when he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in pre-season training.

Having fought back to full fitness over the course of the last campaign, Dadashov has spent this pre-season with the Wolves first-team, earning time on the pitch with Bruno Lage’s squad in their friendly fixtures with Crewe Alexandra and UD Las Palmas.

Dadashov will now continue his development at Tondela, with Wolves’ technical director Scott Sellars believing the move will be a great opportunity for the striker to ‘prove himself’ once again at senior level.

“After a difficult year for Renat with his cruciate injury, he’s worked really hard in that time to get himself really fit,” Sellars said. “He’s got a great attitude and work ethic. He was really focused on getting back and was just about getting fit as the season finished.

“But now he’s had the off-season period where he’s worked hard, as he always does, and he’s come back and trained with the first-team, which has been great for him.

“He’s had some minutes with the first-team, which has helped his fitness and his confidence, and this will give him the platform for him to go and do well at Tondela.”

Dadashov trained with James Collins’ under-23s towards the end of 2020/21 to aid his recovery, but Sellars felt returning to the development squad for this upcoming season would not have been the best way forward for the striker.

“Like all young players, there’s a lifespan in junior football,” Sellars added. “Putting him back in the under-23s would not have been good for him. He now needs to go and prove himself again at first-team level.

“Renat came to us from Portuguese football, so he knows it well. He’s got a good reputation there and this move is about giving him the experience to really get first-team football under his belt.

“He went to Grasshoppers for that, but unfortunately his injury stopped him from progressing how we would all have liked, but he’s now got another great opportunity.”