Andy Thompson impressed by Joao Gomes' composure against Southampton
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Andy Thompson impressed by Joao Gomes' composure against Southampton

Former Molineux full-back Andy Thompson was left very impressed by the composure Joao Gomes showed for his winning goal against Southampton.

The Brazilian struck late on for Wanderers to complete a brilliant comeback.

Wolves were 1-0 down and also a man down following Mario Lemina’s controversial sending off.

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But Julen Lopetegui made some great changes in the game and the players were able to take all three points.

Gomes replaced Matheus Nunes in the second-half, and Wolves fans were delighted to finally get to watch a player that had really fought to make his transfer to the club happen.

Gomes gave Wolves his word he would join in January. But things became complicated when Lyon came in with a higher offer.

In the end, Gomes stance of always wanting Wolves proved decisive.

And on Saturday he got his first minutes in a Wolves shirt – and his afternoon could not have gone much better.

The star latched onto a loose ball and drove forwards to the edge of the box.

His first shot was blocked, but Gomes then opened his body in order to strike again with his right foot.

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He guided his effort into the top corner with wonderful control. It would have been very easy to snatch at the bouncing ball after the block.

But Gomes kept his head and found the back of the net.

It left Thompson very impressed. He said on Matchday Live (via Wolves official): “He seems to be relaxed and controlled – you know what he’s doing.

“When there were situations around our penalty box especially, he had the composure to keep a level head, and he did that across the pitch.

“That’s what you want from your players, when it starts to get edgy and things are going against you, to get your team back into it, you need someone with composure.

“I know he’s only a young lad, but to have that composure and quality to finish that off is the reason we’ve brought him to the club.”

Joao Gomes has a maturity about him and he could settle fairly quickly at Wolves, as Andy Thompson praises Brazilian’s composure

It was a cracking goal from Gomes. Excitement and nerves may have been coursing through him, but he was able to keep calm in the moment, and win Wolves the game.

Many other young players in the same situation would have blazed it over.

But Gomes clearly has good composure, and seems a mature player despite his tender years.

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That really bodes well for him in terms of getting settled at the club.

Potentially, given all the Portuguese speakers around him, it will not take him long to feel totally comfortable.

Wolves might be losing Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Matheus Nunes this summer. So it’s very important Gomes does get nice and settled ahead of next season. Because there’s a good chance of him becoming a regular starter.