Former Wolves striker Rafa Mir bagged his 10th goal of the season for Sevilla at the weekend.
The 24-year-old was on target in the 2-0 over Elche for Julen Lopetegui’s side.
It’s been a fantastic season so far for the Andalusian club. With Real Madrid being held by Villarreal, it means Sevilla are now only four points behind the league leaders in La Liga.
Sevilla are giving themselves a great chance, and are an absolutely solid outfit.
They have only conceded 16 goals so far in the league. That makes them the second-best defensive team across Europe’s top five leagues. They sit between Manchester City (14) and Wolves (17).
And it’s been a decent first campaign for Mir, who, of course, left Molineux last summer for a reported £13.7 million.
Bruno Lage was actually keen for Mir to stay and prove himself (via Birmingham Mail).
But the player had other ideas, and headed back to Spain permanently after successful loan spells with Las Palmas and SD Huesca.
Mir’s goal at the weekend was very well taken.
Anthony Martial, on loan from Manchester United, put in a looping cross and Mir made a yard of space before powering home a header into the bottom corner.
It was a real centre-forward’s goal, and takes him up to 10 for the season.
It was his seventh in La Liga, with two having come in the Copa del Rey and another in the Champions League.
Rafa Mir enjoying a productive first season after leaving Wolves
It’s been a great first season at Sevilla so far for Mir.
To notch 10 goals with a few months still remaining in the season is pretty respectable.
It’s also worth noting that Mir isn’t actually a nailed on starter for Lopetegui.
Ultimately, Wolves never really stood a chance of keeping Mir, despite the wishes of Lage.
It’s good that he ended up making £13.7 million for the club. But one can’t help but wonder how he might have fared under the new manager at Molineux.