Many a Wolves fan has tried to convince themself that losing Diogo Jota for £45 million (BBC Sport) wasn’t all bad.
£45 million is a lot of money after all, especially for a player who was sometimes accused of lacking consistency at Molineux.
But since leaving, Jota has been making it particularly difficult to feel comfortable with his exit.
And his performance for Portugal last night will do nothing to help some supporters remain OK with him departing.
The 23-year-old was at his very best for his country against Sweden in the Nations League, stepping up to the plate with two goals and an assist in the absence of a self-isolating Cristiano Ronaldo.
Jota was electric for A Seleção operating from the left wing.
The star put in a complete performance at Estadio Jose Alvalade; he was evasive, he was skilful, he was tenacious.
Diogo Jota’s game by numbers vs. Sweden:
4 take-ons completed
2 chances created
Directly involved in all three goals. pic.twitter.com/C8ThwfDSQa
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 14, 2020
According to Squawka, Jota had 55 touches in the game, had six shots, completed four take-ons and created two chances.
Put simply it was the sort of display that will have been extremely uncomfortable viewing for any watching Wolves fan.
Jota’s exit is going to sting
At Molineux right now, hopes are high for the development of Daniel Podence and Adama Traore.
But Jota’s goals and assists are undoubtedly going to be missed.
He may have lacked consistency at times, but 16 goals and six assists across all competitions last term was good going and most teams would be hurt losing a player with such an output.
£45 million was a great fee to secure on the face of it, but if he can produce Sweden-type performances on a semi-regular basis then he’s going to be a difficult watch indeed for the Molineux faithful, which has watched Nuno Espirito Santo’s disjointed side score just four goals so far in 2020/21.