The 2021/22 season is almost over, and lots of clubs are now starting to name their respective Players of the Season.
Wolves have enjoyed a good campaign overall.
The club are looking set to finish eighth, which many would probably have taken before the start of the season when Bruno Lage replaced Nuno Espirito Santo.
There has been a lot to like about Wolves under the new manager.
Lage has undoubtedly improve many of the players in the squad.
And there are a few genuine contenders as to who Wolves’ Player of the Season should be.
Max Kilman has been pretty outstanding as part of a rock-solid defence this season. The 24-year-old has really shone playing on the right of a back three.
And Ruben Neves has arguably enjoyed his best campaign to date in Wolves colours. He has often dominated games in the middle for the park, and his level has led to heavy speculation a lot of clubs will come in for him this summer.
But there is one man who really, surely, can’t be overlooked for this season’s award – and that’s Jose Sa.
The goalkeeper joined Wolves last summer from Greek giants Olympiacos, just days after the departure of Rui Patricio.
Fans were certainly curious about a player who was uncapped at international level, coming into replace Portugal’s number one.
Very quickly though, it became apparent that Wolves had landed a real gem for just under £7 million (Sky Sports).
It turns out Sa has an incredibly well-rounded game. He’s an excellent shot-stopper, commands his area well, distributes effectively and snuffs out those dangerous through balls.
Wolves have often won by just a single goal this season. And very often, Sa has been the difference-maker.
A lot of those wins could easily have been draws if not for his contributions.
Jose Sa is fully deserving of Wolves’ Player of the Season award
Some have vouched for Neves to win Player of the Season at Wolves.
The midfielder has undoubtedly oozed class all season and would be a worthy winner.
But it really is hard to overlook Sa, who unlike Neves and Kilman, has played every single game in the Premier League so far.
He’s been there every step of the way for Wanderers. He’s kept clean sheets, made huge saves and given the team hope of European football.
Sa has regularly come in for praise from his teammates, with Conor Coady branding him ‘outstanding’ countless times throughout the campaign.
Without any shadow of a doubt, Wolves would not have been flirting with the European places had it not been for him.
The Wolves’ attack has been below par this season. That has meant the defence has had to be at a very high level. And Sa’s level has been sky-high. Him outperforming his expected goals against is evidence of that.
Obviously there are still three games left to play this season. But it’s difficult to see how anyone else could possibly end up more deserving than the 29-year-old.