Willian Jose’s move to Wolverhampton Wanderers was certainly underwhelming.
The Brazilian joined the club from Real Sociedad on loan in January.
He was brought in to provide cover for Raul Jimenez, whose head injury ultimately ruled him out for the rest of 2020/21.
He arrived in the Black Country with a big reputation.
He had scored goals regularly in La Liga, and was billed as being a great focal point.
But Jose struggled at Wolves, scoring just one goal in 18 appearances.
He sometimes came in for criticism for perhaps not showing enough urgency and desire in games.
The player has now given an interview, and it may go some way to explaining why the move to Wolves didn’t work out.
He told Noticias de Gipuzkoa: “I spoke with Roberto (Olabe, director of football), and he told me that if a big team which played in the Champions League came in for me, they would let me go. I stayed calm.
“Then came Barcelona and an offer from Manchester United. I saw that it was an opportunity that I could not miss out on because life is like that. You have to take advantage of opportunities, and I saw that it was the opportunity.
“In the end, things did not go well, and this year they let me go to Wolves.”
Jose’s mind elsewhere?
Jose has accused Sociedad of not treating him well, saying he ‘expected a little more’.
It sounds very much like the player is disappointed he couldn’t join United.
Perhaps Wolves not necessarily being Jose’s first-choice of club played a part in his struggles at Molineux.
Watching him play, he rarely gave off the feeling that he was absolutely determined to shine.