Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady has come out in defence of Willian Jose following his tricky stint at Molineux so far.
The Brazilian striker has been unable to hit the ground running since moving to the Black Country in January on loan from Real Sociedad.
Jose is yet to score in 12 appearances.
He very nearly broke his duck against Fulham, but his superb header from a Daniel Podence cross was ruled out due to the Portuguese star being offside.
That would have been gutting for Jose, who seemingly just needs that first goal to get going at Molineux.
He’s had plenty of criticism for lacking a cutting edge, but Coady has come to the South American’s defence.
He said (Shropshire Star): “He’s a brilliant person and he works hard every day. He gives his all in training.
“We see him every day in training. We see how hard people work, and Willian is no different.
“It’s disappointing that it’s been chalked off because I thought it was a perfectly good goal, to be honest.
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Jose clearly needs a bit of a pick-me-up, and Coady was always going to oblige.
Ultimately it’s on Jose to turn things around and prove his worth for Wolves, but it’s great to see Coady speaking positively about his teammate and trying to publicly give him a boost in the face of criticism.
It’s no less than you’d expect from such a fantastic leader.