Former Molineux goalkeeper Matt Murray praises Wolves star Jose Sa
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Former Molineux goalkeeper Matt Murray praises Wolves star Jose Sa

Former Molineux goalkeeper Matt Murray heaped praise on Jose Sa, ahead of Wolves’ defeat to West Ham United.

The ex-Wolves stopper was a pundit on Sky Sports at the weekend, and was on hand to offer his analysis on the game.

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Unfortunately, Wolves put in a poor performance on Sunday.

The game was a good opportunity to bounce back after the defeat to Arsenal.

But Wolves struggled to take the game to West Ham and create chances of genuine quality.

Good individual performances were few and far between for the visitors.

But one man who did have another decent outing was Jose Sa. He made a couple of saves, but couldn’t do much for the goal by Tomas Soucek.

He also released Fabio Silva with a long kick at one point which was impressive.

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Before kick-off, Murray sang Sa’s praises.

He said: “No disrespect to Rui Patricio, people don’t really talk about him… they are absolutely delighted with this goalkeeper. I would say there’s not actually a weakness (in Sa’s game).

“He’s a really good size, a physical presence, he makes big saves, he uses all his armory. His distribution is good, I just really, really like him. And he’s so brave. His distribution is definitely something Rui didn’t have.

“He’s top, top drawer. You can see what the lads think of him. He’s robust, he plays every minute of every game, big character, so I have been so impressed.”

Jose Sa is truly an upgrade on Rui Patricio for Wolves

Murray is right when he says it’s hard to identify a weakness within Sa’s game.

He really has showcased some magnificent qualities, and that distribution is a sight to behold sometimes.

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Patricio was really solid and a safe bet for Wolves during his three seasons at Molineux.

But Sa is showing there is more to goalkeeping than just shot-stopping.