It is not really creating any headlines to say that Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers have impressed many a neutral this season. The club have been in the Premier League before, of course, and have experienced football as low as League One in the intervening years, but this time they have played their top flight football at a level which seems assured to keep them among England’s elite for the forseeable future. While things can change in the blink of an eye, of course, Wolves have some real quality among their ranks – chief among them is this week’s EPL Player of the Week, Diogo Jota.
The 22-year old from Portugal has had a decent campaign this season, notching up 39 points already. While that does not exactly represent HUGE returns for fantasy managers with him in their squad, it remains a fairly healthy total – and the eight points he racked up this past weekend places him firmly at the top of the Premier League’s points scoring players. Those eight points came from his contribution to Wolves’ 2-0 home win against struggling Cardiff on Saturday, with the Molineux faithful enjoying the action on display. Jota scored the first of Wolves’ two goals, before providing the assist for Raul Jimenez‘s strike just two minutes later. Those two goals came within the first 20 minutes, but Cardiff were able to prevent the hosts from further adding to their tally.
Indeed, Wolves were unlucky not to win by a bigger margin against Cardiff, with Leander Dendoncker unlucky not to add a third after hitting the post, with Bluebirds keeper Neil Etheridge denying the rebound. An injury to Cardiff defender Sol Bamba did not help the Welsh outfit’s outlook, either, but for Wolves the future appears to be very much orange. With the likes of Joao Moutinho and Willy Boly also finding some great form this season, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side could potentially find themselves cying for a European place by the end of the campaign, though a top half finish will surely be seen as a roaring success.
Jota first arrived in England on loan at Wolves last season, before the move was made permanent last summer. With the former Porto loanee becoming a full-fledged Wolves player after leaving Atletico Madrid, he has proven just about as at home in the Premier League as he did in the Championship. His workrate is consistent, and his quality is always on display – many an opposing fan has been heard saying he is one of the finest players their side has gone up against this season – again, no different from last season in the Championship where he would light up the pitch every time he took a touch of the ball. His threat is clear, and his passing accurate. He is a fine layer indeed, and the deserving winner of this week’s Player of the Week award!
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