Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady has hailed Rui Patricio as being ‘outstanding’, after the star regularly thwarted Leeds United on Friday.
The club are now up to 11th in the Premier League table after a 1-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side, and things are looking up after a rough few months.
It was by no means a great performance against the Whites, but all that matters right now are results, and one man who played a major part in the latest three points was Patricio.
The 33-year-old has come in for criticism at times this term, but produced arguably his best showing against Leeds.
The Portugal number one made seven saves in the game (via Sofascore), and was a brick wall between the sticks.
There was some questionable defending on free-kicks coming in from Raphinha, but Patricio had laser focus to bail out his defensive colleagues.
Speaking about the stopper to the club’s official website, Coady said: “He’s great. We all know what Rui’s like, we all know the type of person he is, we all know the type of keeper he is.
“He’s not got that many caps for Portugal for no reason – he’s an outstanding keeper, and he plays like that for us all the time and he’s an absolutely fantastic person.
“The feeling you get when you’ve got someone like him behind you, it’s absolutely fantastic.”
Patricio back at it
He’s had some questionable moments this season, which even led to some fans calling for John Ruddy to briefly take over as number one.
But he’s bounced back to put in some great performances lately, and against Leeds he looked back to his best.
If Wolves are to make a push for a top-half finish, and who knows how much higher, his form will be absolutely crucial going forwards.