Why Wolves were right not to re-sign Willian Jose this summer
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Why Wolves were right not to re-sign Willian Jose

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Former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Willian Jose is thriving at his new club in Spain.

The Brazilian striker, on loan at La Liga side Real Betis, has scored twice in three games this season since arriving from Real Sociedad in the summer.

Having spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves, the West Midlands side had the option to purchase Jose in the summer.

However, after just one league goal scored during his spell, Wolves decided to turn down that opportunity.

With the ex-Wolves man’s new lease of life in Seville, were Wolves right to let him go? Below are the reasons that they were.

Jose struggled to adapt to English football

There was no getting away from the fact that Jose’s impact as a striker was relatively minimal.

Despite showing good hold-up play ability, the forward’s only goal was against Sheffield United.

The former Real Madrid striker’s lack of pace was apparent, and he struggled to get into goalscoring positions for Wolves.

Striker’s arriving into the Premier League who are not the fastest have struggled previously.

Just look at Roberto Soldado’s stint at Tottenham Hotspur or Alvaro Negredo’s spells at Manchester City and Middlesbrough.

Maybe taking this into account and La Real wanting approximately £15 million for a striker with just one goal, it seemed to be a gamble that Wolves just could not afford to take.

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Wolves needed to prioritise other positions

With news breaking towards the end of last season that Raul Jimenez was set to make a full recovery, Wolves had two available strikers again.

Bearing that in mind, signing another forward was no longer a priority. Although they signed Hwang Hee -han, unlike Jose, he is able to play out-wide also.

By passing on Jose, it meant that Wolves could secure the likes of Hwang, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Yerson Mosquera. All of whom are younger and should become more valuable to the club in years to come.

That never seemed to be the case with Willian Jose, even if he had mirrored his Real Betis performances this season. At 30 years old, Wolves would have struggled to command a fee bigger than they would have paid for him.