One of the big changes to Wolves’ team ahead of the 2021/22 season came between the sticks.

Rui Patricio departed Molineux after three seasons in the Black Country to go and link up with Jose Mourinho at AS Roma.

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There were claims that the intention wasn’t initially to sell Patricio coming into the summer.

But in the end a deal was done, with Wolves receiving around £10 million for his transfer (Express & Star).

That was not a bad amount to receive at all given the player’s age and decline last season.

While Patricio did make some tremendous saves for Wolves last term, there were instances where fans felt he could have done better.

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Rui Patricio (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Ultimately it was decided he would be sold, and Jose Sa would be his replacement.

But how has Patricio been getting on at his new club?

To be fair to him he has started fairly well.

 

The 33-year-old has made five appearances for Roma so far, two of which were Europa League qualifiers and three coming in Serie A.

He has only experienced winning so far under Mourinho, and the club currently sit top of the league in Italy.

Patricio has managed to keep two clean sheets across those five games, and has conceded just three goals.

He’s been fairly busy between the sticks. At the moment he is tied first for saves made in the league with 13, along with Vid Belec of Salernitana and Spezia’s Jeroen Zoet (legaseriea.it).

Nice to see

It is good to see Patricio doing well at his new club.

He gave three great years of service for Wolves and departed with the blessing of most.

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Rui Patricio (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It was probably the right time for him to move on, and so far Jose Sa has looked like a decent replacement, barring a couple of questionable moments.

Hopefully, Patricio can have a really good campaign over in Italy, and equally, Sa can thrive in the Premier League.

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