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Jose Sa looks to be one of the bargains of the season so far

Wolves had a shaky start to the new Premier League season, but are now beginning to find their feet.

After losing the first three games 1-0, Bruno Lage has now taken 12 points from the last 15 available.

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The team are now up to 10th in the table, and are just three points off the top four.

It has been interesting to see the change in Wolves over the past couple of months.

The pretty, free-flowing football of the first few games has taken a bit of a back seat.

In recent games, Wolves have adopted a more conservative style, and it seems to be paying off.

The team have been surprisingly steady at the back on the whole having conceded just eight goals in eight games.

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One of the main reasons Wolves have conceded so few goals so far is because of goalkeeper Jose Sa.

The 28-year-old was brought in shortly after Rui Patricio departed for Roma, and some were concerned that he would be a downgrade on the Portugal number one.

Patricio did not have the best of seasons in 2020/21, but he was still decent and showed a high level in the previous two terms.

It was understandable that some people were worried, with Sa a little-known entity.

But he has simply been a breath of fresh air up to now.

According to official Premier League statistics, he’s made 24 saves across his eight appearances so far – an average of three a game.

FBref data shows he has a save percentage of 75%.

One of the bargains of the season

It was reported that Sa cost Wolves around £6.25 million (Sky Sports).

Right now, that is looking to be absolutely sensational value for money.

Sa is showing that he can do it all.

He looks like a fine shot-stopper, is alert to dangerous through balls and can sweep, and is also a really impressive distributor, as evidenced on the Raul Jimenez goal against Southampton.

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There is the odd time when he prompts fear but on the whole, Sa is seeming like wonderful business.

He has already scooped the club’s Player of the Month award for September, and drew more praise from fans for his display against Aston Villa.

It is difficult to think of a signing made this summer by another Premier League club that matches him in terms of value.

Andros Townsend or Demarai Gray have been good at Everton. But Sa has helped Wolves become much more solid, costing around £4 million less than what Patricio was sold for.