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Sa leading the way across Europe in three categories

Jose Sa has been one of the signings of the Premier League season so far.

Wolves brought him in to replace Rui Patricio, making a profit in the process and getting a stopper who is more suited to Bruno Lage’s style of play.

And he has been performing well by any standard you care to mention across Europe going into his first Christmas as a Wolves player.

His ability to keep the ball out of the net is underlined by his save success rate.

It is not as if Wolves are letting opponents have loads of shots at Sa either. His concentration needs to be top notch and invariably it is.

But he is also proactive in terms of getting his side on the front foot with his distribution, and as Lage’s revolution takes shape, he will be more and more important.

Saving big chances when sides get through is the bread and butter and Sa is leading the way in Europe on that score as well.

Wolves’ defensive record has been something to behold, with only Manchester City and Chelsea bettering it. Some of that is down to Sa and some of it is down to his defenders, including Romain Saiss.

Saiss leads the way in the Premier League for clearances and his recent good performances have brought deserved praise.

He is going to be sorely missed when he goes to the Africa Cup of Nations next month, having been named in the Morocco squad for the tournament in Cameroon.

That may increase the pressure on Sa to maintain his form but he is more than capable of doing exactly that.

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