Wolves ended the Premier League season with a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool – but there was at least another impressive performance from Toti Gomes.
The centre-half started for the second game running, with Romain Saiss and Max Kilman both out injured.
Gomes took up position on the left of a back three at Anfield.
It was set to be his toughest test to date.
Gomes did really well when covering Saiss’ absence at the start of the year. He played against Southampton, Brentford and Norwich City in the FA Cup.
But Liverpool are a different animal, and it was going to be fascinating to see how he would fare.
While Wolves did concede three times, Gomes put in a great performance and can hold his head high.
According to Sofascore he made two clearances, three interceptions and three blocks.
The Express & Star gave him an 8/10 for his display, saying of him: “A wonderful performance from the young defender who did not look out of his depth.”
The Birmingham Mail were equally impressed, giving 8/10 and adding: “The rookie centre-back was very cool at the back in a raucous atmosphere. He had a case for a penalty at the beginning of the second half after being shoved in the back by Konate. He’s gone from strength to strength since January and must form part of the squad next season.”
It was only Gomes’ fourth-ever outing in the Premier League.
But you would not have known that given the mature and composed way in which he played. He really held his own against some frightening Liverpool attackers.
Toti Gomes is ready for the Premier League with Wolves next season
For Gomes to perform the way he did at Anfield, given the atmosphere due to Liverpool’s pursuit of the title, was really impressive.
He is still really inexperienced at this level, but he did not let the occasion get to him.
That just suggests what a cool head he has on his shoulders.
It was reported recently by The Athletic that Wolves could send either him or Yerson Mosquera out on loan for next season.
There is no way Gomes should be heading out on loan for next season given what he has shown so far.
He has surely proven he is ready to be a member of Wolves’ Premier League squad for 2022/23, and that he is a good replacement for Saiss.