Wolves have signed Joao Gomes from Flamengo – and many fans are delighted about the deal.
The Brazilian yesterday became the club’s sixth addition of the January transfer window.
Gomes is already a very popular figure at Molineux.
That’s because he has had his heart set on a move to Wolves since the club first went in for him a couple of weeks ago.
Things became complicated when Lyon came in with a higher offer.
But Gomes was adamant he did not want to join the French club. He rejected them, even after a visit by their owner John Textor.
Wolves fans now can’t wait to see him in action. But what can we expect from the talented South American?
Well, Wolves have published some quotes from the journalist Vene Casagrande on their official website about Gomes.
Casagrande was the man who first reported the story of Wolves going in for him. And he’s followed the player since he was in the U13s at Flamengo.
He says of him: “Joao is a midfielder with initial characteristics of marking, but, with time and experience, he learned to be a midfielder who builds plays as well. He improved the attack, with intelligent passes.
“Another factor that draws attention to Joao is his physical form. The youngster is rarely injured, hardly shows physical exhaustion and manages to support a strong routine of games in the season.
“Physical form and marking, tackling are his main strengths. But he also evolved the arrival to the attack. Has been doing the work ‘box-to-box’.
“The football he presents is something very similar to Douglas Luiz, from Aston Villa. He also has the same style as André, from Fluminense in Brazil. They are very similar characteristics.”
Luiz has been with Villa since 2019, signing for £15 million from Manchester City.
The 24-year-old is known for his tenacity as a sitting midfielder.
Joao Gomes is an exciting signing for Wolves and will bring the bite
Casagrande’s assessment of Gomes is pretty encouraging.
He paints the picture of him that he is a physical midfielder that likes to get stuck in.
Gomes’ nickname is ‘the Pitbull’, which definitely suggests he’ll be getting through a lot of dirty work in the engine room.
Casagrande adds that his shooting could improve. But he has ‘no doubt’ that Gomes will be a success for Wolves.