Why This Portuguese Attacker Will Be Crucial To Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Prospects This Season

Championship outfit, Wolverhampton Wanderers have chiselled a good start to the league in the new campaign as they bagged all three points against Middlesbrough. The Wolves and the Smoggies have overhauled their squad considerably during the summer and were involved in what was a tight affair. Leo Bonatini’s goal eventually proved to be enough for Wolves to defeat Garry Monk’s outfit as the revolution under the tutelage of Nuno Espirito Santo took off in a very fine manner.

At the onset, a lot of eyes were keen to see how a particular highly rated youngster in the shape of Diogo Jota performs. Jota was lured to Molineux Stadium last month on loan from the ranks of the European heavyweight, Atletico Madrid. The 20-year-old had spent his last season on loan at Portuguese, side FC Porto where he played under Espirito Santo. The blossoming starlet banged 9 goals in 35 appearances for the Dragons in the Primeira Liga and did impress Santo, who brought him into his ranks at Wolves.

Jota is a young gun with immense potential and predominantly plies his trade as an attacking midfielder. Although his best position is as a secondary striker, he is capable enough of chalking decent performances when being stationed on either wing. The attacker’s appealing abilities to dribble past the defenders with relative ease and the pinpoint precision he manoeuvres whilst passing the ball are the prime reasons as to why he is so highly regarded. Jota is agile on and off the ball and buries the chances he receives with ruthlessness.

Having finished 15th in the league table in the English second division last term, Wolves would be aiming to better their credentials and would tend to earn a spot in the top six. In the process to clinch the same, someone like Jota would come really handy. Apart from the aforesaid traits mentioned, the former Pacos Ferreira attacker looks to dictate the tempo of the game up front, maintains composure and calmness and creates chances as well as spaces for his teammates.

Against the Riversiders, Jota didn’t prove to be a galvanizing player on the pitch, as he couldn’t impose himself as a threat and played the ball around with simple passes. Nonetheless, there is plenty to come from him, and considering that he isn’t acclimatized to English football and is still in his learning years, the jury must be out until the end of the season. He has the potential to dictate the status of Santo’s side at the end of the season, and thus, his development should intrigue a lot of football fans across the globe

Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.