Wolverhampton Wanderers finally won a Premier League game again last night.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side beat Arsenal 2-1 at Molineux after going eight games without victory in the competition, and some optimism has now been restored amongst supporters.
Ruben Neves’ penalty and Joao Moutinho’s wonder-strike got the job done in the Black Country.
It was far from straightforward, with in-form Arsenal taking the lead through Nicolas Pepe, but the red card for David Luiz handed Wolves the initiative – and they capitalised on the numerical advantage.
Moutinho has grabbed the headlines and rightly so for such a wonderful goal to win the game.
But one man who looks back to his rock-solid best is Willy Boly, whom a few fans picked out for praise on social media after the game.
The Ivory Coast international lined up alongside captain Conor Coady in a back four, and was outstanding for the Wanderers.
He won all three of his duels according to Sofascore, and completed 61/68 (90%) of his passes and produced five clearances and two blocks.
Wolves may have conceded, but Boly personally hardly put a foot wrong, and his return to form could be absolutely crucial for Nuno going forwards now.
Boly is massive for Wolves
Wolves have really struggled at the back this season, and Boly was badly missed for the games he was absent for over the festive and New Year period.
Prior to his injury he hadn’t been in his best form, but the star – who celebrates his 30th birthday today – now looks to be edging back to his top level.
He was a little rusty in the defeat to West Bromwich Albion, but in the three games since the Black Country derby the £10 million star (BBC Sport) has been nothing short of solid.
People have spoken about Willian Jose finding his form being key, but Boly playing his best stuff again will be just as invaluable for Wolves, especially if Nuno is to transition the team into this back four system.