Football fans from all around the world will be well aware of just how good Joao Moutinho is.
The 35-year-old midfielder has consistently put in excellent performances for the likes of Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto, Monaco and most recently Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Yesterday was no exception, as Moutinho was key to Wolves’ victory over Newcastle United.
Despite forwards Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-chan rightly getting a lot of the praise, Moutinho deserves some also.
The midfielder’s passing was key to keeping Wolves on the front-foot, and the statistics back it up.
According to FBRef, Moutinho completed the most passes in the game (62) with a completion rate of 93.9 percent.
On top of this, he also completed the most progressive passes (7) of any player on the pitch yesterday.
Moutinho reiterates his importance to Wolves
The midfielder’s performance yesterday was a timely reminder to Wolves fans about how fundamental he is to their current team.
Given his age and Wolves’ other options in midfield, fans were calling for a new midfield addition in the summer.
Whilst Wolves most certainly do need another man in the middle, it should not be in place of Moutinho.
The experienced footballer’s composure in pressurised situations has been key for Wolves when they have been under siege from the opposition.
In addition to the statistics backing his significance up, his boss, Bruno Lage does not appear to need convincing.
Moutinho has started every league game this season. Meanwhile, Leander Dendoncker and Ruben Neves have both spent time on the bench.
Given his age though, Lage may want to manage him carefully after the international break so that he is able to continue these stellar performances.