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Has This 31 Y/O Midfielder Lived Up To The High Expectations Surrounding His Arrival At Wolves?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Wolves have made a strong start to their league campaign following their title-winning season in the EFL Championship last term. They have made an impressive beginning to life in the Premier League after earning credible draws against Everton and Manchester City while they also managed to beat West Ham United last weekend with a last-gasp winner from Adama Traore.

Moutinho’s Recent Performances Have Been Excellent

The media have praised Nuno Espirito Santo’s players and their recent success has mainly been down to their strong midfield performances so far. The Portuguese duo of Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves has taken the English top-flight by storm. Their outstanding contributions in midfield had helped Wolves earn a result against the reigning Premier League champions which was followed by successive victories against Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup and West Ham United in the Premier League last weekend.

How Have Wolves Benefited From Moutinho’s Addition?

Moutinho has brought a lot of experience to the young Wolves team and has distributed the ball quite effectively while operating as a deep-lying holding midfielder. He has efficiently adapted his game to the physical and high-intensity English football. Alongside the much younger, Ruben Neves, the Portuguese midfield veteran has built up a strong reputation at the centre of the park and the duo can rival any other midfield in the Premier League.

Moutinho has featured in all four of Wolves’ league matches so far and had one assist to show for his efforts. He has brought a lot of calmness to the midfield which has helped his teammates settle in well into Nuno Santo’s style of play at the Molineaux Stadium. 

Has Moutinho Lived Up To The Hype?

The Portuguese midfielder boasts an excellent passing range and can dribble with the ball out of tight spaces to retain possession for his team. He is also a long-range goal threat (maybe not as good as his midfield partner, Ruben Neves though). The early signs have been promising, and we can see that Moutinho has settled well to life at the West Midlands following his move from AS Monaco this summer.

We can expect to see even more from the Portuguese sensation in the coming months, and at 31, he still has a good few years left in his tank to play at the highest level. Moutinho has proven his worth in English football so far, and it is an exciting time to see whether he can help his team finish in the top half of the league standings at the end of this campaign.

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