Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady has talked up the impact made by Willian Jose on the team since his arrival at Molineux.
The Brazilian striker came in last month on loan from Real Sociedad, and has been finding his feet in English football.
Jose made his seventh appearance for the club against Leeds United on Friday night.
He was still unable to get off the mark for his new club, but £2 million star Coady (BBC Sport) is in no doubt about the 29-year-old’s quality.
He said (via the Express & Star): “He gives us so much.
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“We try to play it out from the back, but you can go a little longer to him.
“He takes it down with his chest as he’s big and strong. He holds it up.
“He gives us so much, as does every striker in this club, but he’s been fantastic since coming in.
“He’s a brilliant lad, and he’s learning. I think you can see he’s learning with every game.”
Jose was signed as cover for Raul Jimenez, who is still recovering from the serious head injury he suffered back in November.
The club are reported to have an option to buy the South American for around £22 million at the end of the season (Express & Star).
Jose will need to start scoring soon
Jose undoubtedly has great link-up qualities, as Coady suggests.
But ultimately strikers will always be judged on the number of goals they score, whether they like it or not.
Jose is still finding his feet in English football, which was always likely to be the case, but he’ll probably need to start scoring soon.
He has had some good chances to open his account, and he’ll need to demonstrate a cutting edge soon if Wolves are to splash the £22 million needed to keep him around.