Pedro Neto says the arrival of Willian Jose at Molineux can help the team, after the Brazilian debuted for Wolverhampton Wanderers last night.
The 29-year-old was something of a surprise inclusion on the bench, as there were doubts as to whether he would receive a work permit in time.
Ultimately he did, and the star was named in the matchday squad by Nuno Espirito Santo.
The manager, probably rightly so, decided not to use him from the very start since he has literally just arrived in the Black Country and hasn’t yet trained, instead using a front three of Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto.
Nuno threw Jose on without around 20 minutes in the hope of perhaps nicking a goal for the visitors, but he actually made an absolutely crucial defensive contribution, blocking Kai Havertz’s goal-bound header right at the death.
There was to be no dream debut, but Jose will obviously have greater opportunities to shine, and Neto is excited by the club’s addition.
He told Wolves.co.uk: “He’s a player with quality, a player with different qualities to the ones we have here.
“We need a guy like him because he’s a good guy, he scores goals, he’s a very good player, so it’s what we need, someone to help the team and we’re very happy to have him with us.”
Jose the much-needed focal point
Wolves looked back to their best defensively last night, but it was a real struggle to get the ball to stick in the final third.
Quite often Wolves would clear their lines and the ball would just come right back, with the likes of Podence, Neto and Traore not target men.
A player like Jose is needed up there not only to score goals, but for the ball to be held up and players can then come and support.