Both players’ time at Molineux has been impacted by serious injuries, which have hampered their progress, but they now head to Zurich with a chance to reinvigorate their careers.
Shabani suffered two serious ACL injuries which saw the 23-year-old spend several months on the sidelines after signing for the club from Bayern Munich in 2019.
A promising start in gold and black was cut short almost immediately when he suffered the first of his injuries just 10 minutes into his senior debut, a month after joining Wolves, as he was stretched off the pitch during the League Cup victory against Reading at Molineux.
After getting back into shape, the German youth international played for the Under-23s before a loan spell at VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands, but a recurrence of his injury led to more time in the hall Compton Park treatment center.
Shabani returned once again at the end of the 2021/22 season, where he was part of the development squad that was promoted to Premier League 2 Division 1.
Matt Jackson, Wolves’ head of strategic player marketing, said: “Meritan suffered two very serious injuries during his time here but he has done very well in his rehabilitation and is certainly now ready for a full season of senior football. .
“We really love him as a person and as a footballer, and we have a duty to look after all the players at the club to do everything we can to ensure they have the best possible future, we We therefore thought this was a brilliant opportunity to develop his career at Grasshoppers, and once again cement the ties between the two clubs.
“He’s spent the last few weeks training in Zurich as they came back ahead of us because their league season starts early, and he’s had this two-week experience with the club, where he’s fitted in well with the team, and impressed the coaching staff and playing staff.
“He’s well established as a player now, so he should be comfortable at the level he’s heading to.”
Dadashov has had a similar journey to Shabani during his Wolves career, with the 23-year-old also suffering from a cruciate ligament injury in his knee just weeks after initially moving from Wolves to Grasshoppers on loan in August 2020.
Following his recovery, the senior Azerbaijan international spent the 2021/22 season on loan in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with Tondela, but despite his best efforts could not prevent the club from being relegated to the second tier.
Alongside his close friend Shabani, Dadashov now makes the permanent transfer to Zurich, which Jackson says will be a positive change for the clubs and the striker.
“First and foremost, this decision for Renat is a great opportunity for football,” Jackson added. “There are striking similarities with Meritan, to whom he is also very close.
“Both are native German speakers which is great for the Grasshoppers culture and they are both great footballers in the positions they are looking to fill.
“Last year’s loan was basically to recover from his serious injury and prove he was fit to play – which he did. He made an impact in Portugal, in what has been a season tough for Tondela in their ill-fated relegation campaign, but from his perspective he has shown he can play.
“He’s still young and developing, but he’s also established himself at international level for Azerbaijan, and we think there’s still a lot of improvement to come, which Grasshoppers will benefit from.
“On behalf of everyone at Wolves, I would like to thank Meritan and Renat for their efforts over the three years they have been here. They have both been a pleasure to work with and we all hope they can continue to have great careers in the game.”