Maximilian Kilman has put in a good word for Toti Gomes, who played for Wolves for the first time this season yesterday against Chelsea.
The 23-year-old was selected to start against the Blues in the absence of Nathan Collins at Stamford Bridge.
The Republic of Ireland international is still suspended, and so Toti got the nod from interim coaches Steve Davis and James Collins.
It was a decision most fans wanted to see made, after Bruno Lage had fielded Ruben Neves and Jonny Castro Otto played in defence against West Ham United.
Ultimately Wanderers lost the game 3-0, but Toti can be fairly pleased with his own personal display.
It was his first display of the season, and only his fifth appearance ever in the Premier League.
The Birmingham Mail gave him a 6/10, saying: “The Portuguese defender didn’t do too badly on his first start of the season. Toti mopped up well in the first half on a difficult day defensively for Wolves.”
According to Sofascore data, Toti was tidy in possession, completing 50/60 passes (83%). And he actually had the most touches of any Wolves player with 71 in total. He was also fairly solid, winning all five of the duels he contested.
Speaking about his teammate after the game, Kilman said: “It was really good. Toti’s a top player and he’s been very patient. He’s been working very hard and he’s always a good player and he did very well today.”
Toti might have left Wolves in the summer, as there were reports that an unnamed Italian club offered to take him on loan.
Seemingly there was never any danger of Wolves sanctioning his exit though. Especially with Conor Coady, Willy Boly and Romain Saiss all leaving the club.
Toti Gomes again shows he is Premier League-standard with display for Wolves against Chelsea
It was a bad day at the office for Wolves.
But Toti’s performance was a miniscule positive, considering it was his first of the season.
The star hasn’t really had much chance to play in the new back four system at Wolves.
So it was good for him to prove he can do it. Hopefully he’s able to build on this display and be nice and solid against Nottingham Forest.
Collins will once again not be available against Forest, and it’s a chance for Toti to perhaps keep the 21-year-old out of the team. He will have to play out of his skin though.