Wolves defender Conor Coady has delivered a rave review of Torino striker Andre Belotti, after coming up against the Italian in last season’s Europa League.
The captain has appeared on Graham Hunter’s ‘The Big Interview’ podcast to talk about everything from his time in the youth ranks at Liverpool to what Nuno Espirito Santo is like after a defeat.
Coady spent a good length of time discussing his early days in football, and how he responded to being released from Anfield.
Talk eventually turned to Wolves’ Europa League campaign last season, which Coady loved every minute of.
One particular clash that appears to have left its mark on Coady, was the qualifier against Torino.
Wolves ended up advancing to the group stages, and the 27-year-old has detailed playing against the dangerous Belotti specifically.
He said: “The Torino one sticks out massively. It was like going into a coliseum. The feeling you get from playing in something like that was absolutely incredible.
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“We scored early, I think it was an own goal, and then Adama works a bit of magic in the second half. We should have actually won the game 3-1 [first leg final score was 3-2] or something like that.
“But you know you mentioned [Simone] Zaza? Belotti was a big one mate. Belotti was a top, top player. You know the striker? Top player. He scored the penalty and then he scored at Molineux when we played them in the second leg.
“Real, real handful. Strong. Great in the air, could finish, one and two-touch – he gave me some sort of experience on ‘this is going to be tough this year’.
Coady’s admiration for Belotti is certainly justified. Not only did he score in both games against Wolves last term, he went on to finish 2019/20 with 22 goals in 44 games, and he’s already up to six from just five games this season.
Should the worst-case scenario happen next summer and Raul Jimenez gets poached by a top club, Belotti could be a genuinely good replacement for the Mexican.