Journalist Luke Hatfield has delivered his verdict on Jose Sa's start to life at Wolves.
What happened with Jose Sa this summer?
After three years at Molineux, Rui Patricio left Wolves this summer to move to Serie A side Roma, where he joined up with the club's new manager Jose Mourinho.
What has Hatfield said about Sa's start at Wolves?
Sa has started all four of Wolves' Premier League games thus far, and kept his first clean sheet of the season against Watford on Saturday as Bruno Lage's side picked up a 2-0 victory at Vicarage Road.
Hatfield feels that the 28-year-old has had some good moments in a Wolves shirt already, but admits that he has also made some costly errors in the opening weeks of the campaign against Leicester and Manchester United.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “He’ll have wanted to do better with that Mason Greenwood goal for sure. It’s a weird one because you look at Jose Sa and you judge his performances over 90 minutes, and I think he’s actually been very good. But he’s just let slip at crucial points, hasn’t he?
“He’s given away a penalty in one game, the Mason Greenwood one he probably should be saving, although it is a powerful strike. Is it a downgrade? I think it’s a little bit too early to tell. Patricio didn’t particularly start too well for Wolves. I think there were some question marks on him when he originally joined, and his kicking wasn’t quite there.
“You’ve got to give players time to settle when they’ve moved from abroad because it’s not the easiest move to make. But in term of stature, it’s a little bit of a downgrade because Rui Patricio is obviously one of the biggest names in goalkeeping, particularly in Europe, over the past decade or so. He’s been Portugal’s No. 1 keeper for however long, so it’s always going to be tough to fill his shoes but I’ll give Jose Sa some time.
“At times, he looks like he’s got what it takes to be that starting Premier League goalkeeper and it’s always going to be hard to follow someone like Rui Patricio but we’ll see how he gets on.”
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Is Sa a downgrade on Patricio?
Hatfield has suggested that it is too early to assess whether Sa can fill the void left behind by Patricio, but the initial signs do not look too positive.
Sa has arguably been at fault for two of the three league goals that Wolves have conceded this term, while Patricio has made an excellent start over in Italy. He has helped Roma pick up three successive wins to put them in top spot, and has earned an average WhoScored match rating of 7.29 compared to Sa's 6.53.
Still, Sa did manage to keep Watford at bay this past weekend, delivering an assured display, and if he can maintain that kind of form, he could prove to be a suitable replacement for Patricio in time.News Now - Sport News