Wolves U21s head coach James Collins has lauded Toti Gomes for his recent rise at Molineux, branding him one of the most humble people you can meet.
The Portuguese defender was back starting again for Wanderers on Saturday against Aston Villa, having been on the bench against Brighton and Crystal Palace.
Over the last couple of months, Toti has seen a good amount of game time for Wanderers.
When Hugo Bueno got injured against Liverpool, most people expected to see Rayan Ait-Nouri come in at left-back.
But Julen Lopetegui plumped for Toti, and the 24-year-old has put in a string of solid performances since then.
It is fantastic to see him getting a run in the team, as he has had to be very patient for opportunities since coming back to Wolves from his loan spell at Grasshoppers in January last year.
Fans are loving what he has been bringing to the table lately, and Toti came in for high praise from Collins this week.
Toti has obviously played for the U21s a lot since coming back to the club. So Collins knows him well, and he has given an absolutely lovely assessment of him.
Speaking about his character on the latest Wolves Weekly podcast he said: “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke. He’s one of the most humble people you can meet.
“Whether he’s in the team, not in the team, he works at full pelt. He has a wonderful spirit.
“Funnily enough I text him on Saturday night – I didn’t expect a reply – just to say ‘fully deserved, well done’, and got an instant reply, a lovely long reply. He doesn’t have to do that, that’s the guy that he is.”
Toti Gomes deserves every success that comes his way, as James Collins praises Wolves defender
You can tell Collins is so proud of Toti.
And as he should be, because it is very difficult to force your way into a Premier League starting XI. Especially when a squad is packed with quality options like Wolves’ is.
Toti’s humility and hardworking nature will take him far in the game.
The man clearly loves football and is determined to succeed, and he will deserve all the success that comes his way.
He has never once complained about a lack of game time, and Julen Lopetegui was spot on recently when he suggested he was an example to the whole squad.