Diego Costa deserves to win Wolves' Player of the Month for April
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Diego Costa deserves to win Wolves' Player of the Month for April

Wolves have sealed their Premier League safety, having reached the 40 point mark.

The club beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Saturday and there is now no danger of Wanderers dropping into the Championship.

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Some Wolves fans anticipated it would be a more uncomfortable finish to the season.

But Julen Lopetegui has done a brilliant job, and Wolves can play these final games with a bit more freedom.

The manager has adopted quite a pragmatic approach in recent weeks, so it will be interesting to see if there will be a change for the last three matches.

That pragmatism is somewhat reflected in the nominees for Wolves’ April Player of the Month award.

This time around fans can vote for either Craig Dawson, Max Kilman, Toti Gomes, Joao Gomes or Diego Costa. So that’s three defenders, one ball-winning midfielder and a battering ram striker.

And arguably, it’s the battering ram that deserves to win the latest award.

In April, Costa seriously came in clutch for Wolves.

The month started with him coming off the bench and helping Wolves to take an important point against Nottingham Forest.

Since then, £50,000-a-week Costa has started every Premier League game for Wolves and it has been clear Lopetegui has really appreciated his qualities even at 34 years old.

He was absolutely superb against Brentford (against whom he scored his first Wolves goal) and Chelsea. He was also excellent against Crystal Palace.

Wolves have needed someone to drag them towards safety, and Costa has been essential in executing the mission.

Diego Costa deserves to win April Player of the Month at Wolves

Dawson and Kilman have both been brilliant at the back for Wolves, barring that horror show against Brighton.

Toti would also be a deserving winner of the award, given he’s barely put a foot wrong for Wolves.

And Joao Gomes blew fans away with the way he deputised for Ruben Neves.

But Costa should win because some of his centre-forward player has been genuinely superb.

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And ultimately, he has shown the fight Wolves have desperately needed to pull away from danger. Had he not been featuring, it’s very possible Wolves would not now be sitting pretty on 40 points.

His competitive spirit is very infectious. Not only does he help those around him to be better, but he’s also played a big part in involving the crowd more. That’s been crucial to the improvement of the team.

The Molineux faithful has been feeding off him and his energy. In turn, it feels like the players have really responded to those increased decibel levels.