Prior the 2022 MLS Season, Leonardo Campana had trouble finding regularity on the teams that he played for since his departure to Europe, as Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers acquired him once his contract with Barcelona SC expired in 2020 but didn’t give him playing time.
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During his first season, Campana couldn’t debut with Wolves in Premier League, as he mostly participated with the U-23 squad. Before the start of the 2020-21 season, the Wanderers decided to send him on a loan to Primeira Liga side FC Famalicão.
In Portugal, Campana established as a regular player during the first half of the season until he suffered a thigh injury that prevented him from playing almost seven months, set the tone for the remainder of the season.
Instead of returning to Wolves, they decided to loan him once again, this time to Swiss side Grasshoppers, where he started the current season before joining MLS side Inter Miami CF, as he didn’t have the regularity he needed.
He became a star in Miami
It only took him two games to debut as the scorer that Miami needed, and he even took away the starting role from former Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuaín, who hasn’t been able to help the Herons reach the MLS playoffs in the past two seasons.
After nine games of the current season, Leo Campana has established as one of the deadliest strikers in MLS, as he’s scored five goals, including a hat trick against New England Revolution, just one goal less that the ones that Raúl Jiménez has scored in Wolves.
Jiménez is the top scorer of the Molineux team, with six goals in 29 games, in a season where Wolverhampton has been missing a striker that can score consistently, like Campana, as they are far from the spots that give them access to UEFA Europa League or Champions League.
Will he return to Wolves?
Campana is on a one-year loan with the Herons, with an option to buy at the end of the loan. Given his performances on the first quarter of the season, the decision of his stay in the MLS is up to Phile Neville, although it seems almost impossible that Miami will let pass the opportunity of acquiring their striker for the future.