Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to have snagged a bargain

Eyebrows were raised by some this summer as the club made the decision to offload Rui Patricio.

While he did not have the greatest of seasons in 2020/21, many felt the veteran was still a relatively safe pair of hands.

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

The man Wolves had identifed to replace him, was fellow countryman Jose Sa.

The man had a decent reputation over in Greece playing for Olympiacos, and a couple of journalists were banging the drum about him prior to his move to Molineux.

But was he really going to be that good?

It seems the answer to that question is a resounding yes.

Sa has, so far, been nothing short of brilliant for Wolves.

The 28-year-old has had one or two ‘dodgy’ moments, but his overall game looks solid.

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Jose Sa (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

He seems to be more commanding than Patricio, and also distributes better than his predecessor too.

Perhaps the main thing for a goalkeeper though is to be, at the very least, a good shot-stopper.

 

This was perhaps Patricio’s best quality.

But it seems Sa is just as good in that department too.

According to The Other 14, Sa has a fantastic save percentage of 75% so far. That is higher than all the goalkeepers playing for non-Big Six clubs.

FBref data indicates that he’s level with Alisson and Ederson, but ahead of David de Gea (64%), Hugo Lloris (68%).

The only men who have a higher percentage are Aaron Ramsdale (78%) and Edouard Mendy (96%), with the Chelsea man arguably one of the world’s very best right now.

Sa repaying his transfer fee already

Sa’s start at Molineux could not really have gone much better.

The apprehension about him has dissipated in no time, and he seems to have spread confidence to the defenders in front of him.

He is looking like a seriously good acquisition, and remarkable value for money at just £6.8 million.

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Jose Sa (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Of course, the life of a goalkeeper is never completely plain sailing, and there will probably be some mistakes to come further down the line.

But the early signs are undoubtedly excellent.

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