Goncalo Guedes scored his second goal for Benfica last week, after joining the Portuguese giants on loan from Wolves in January.
The winger has made a great start to life back in his homeland.
Benfica took on Braga in the quarter-final of the Taca de Portugal on Thursday.
But Roger Schmidt’s side actually ended up losing the game on penalties.
Benfica were heavy favourites ahead of the game. But they struggled after Alexander Bah received a straight red card after 30 minutes. The referee had initially shown a yellow card, but it was upgraded to a red after a VAR intervention.
Benfica were actually 1-0 up at that point.
And it was Guedes who had given the Eagles the lead.
They worked a short corner, and Guedes managed to loop a great header into the far corner.
Former Wolves transfer target Al-Musrati then equalised for Braga.
Benfica then had another player sent off in Morato, who picked up two yellow cards in around five minutes towards the end of extra-time. The game would go to a shootout, with Benfica’s Fredrik Aursnes the only player to miss.
Not the result Guedes wanted, then, but the Portuguese media have been impressed with his early showings for Benfica.
A Bola say he has made a ‘lightning statement’, and that his season is taking a turn for the better. They point out he’s already equalled his tally of goals for Wolves before his exit.
The publication also suggest that Guedes has been so lively that Julian Draxler, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, could now be left even more in the shade. He did not get on against Braga.
Good news for Wolves as Goncalo Guedes gets off to great start at Benfica
It is good to see Guedes making a big early impact at Benfica.
It just didn’t work out for him at Molineux, with Julen Lopetegui stating before his exit that the player didn’t want to be there. The Spaniard did reportedly want to keep him, but the player’s stance was significant.
Wolves forked out an initial £27.5 million to bring him to Molineux. And ideally, this loan spell will help the club to make that amount back. Assuming Guedes still doesn’t want to play for Wolves when his loan spell ends.
Wanderers just need him to continue this run of form for the next few months.
The player can then hopefully be sold for a similar fee to what Wolves paid Valencia