Journalist Luke Hatfield reckons that Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa has made real progress in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old shotstopper endured a tough start to life in the Premier League after watching his team lose each of their opening three league fixtures without scoring, failing to keep a single clean sheet in the process.
However, Sa has enjoyed a far better time of things in recent weeks, with Wolves unbeaten in four matches and would be on a four-game winning run had it not been for Rodrigo’s last-gasp penalty for Leeds on Saturday.
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What do the stats say?
He marked his home game by giving away a penalty against Tottenham and then conceded a soft goal for Mason Greenwood’s winner against Manchester United seven days later.
But Sa, who was Bruno Lage’s second biggest signing this summer, has improved and has the rarity of an assist to his name when he set up Raul Jimenez’s winner at Southampton last month.
But it’s the work he’s been doing with his hands that has left Hatfield impressed.
Sa, 6ft4, made a wonderful second-half stop to deny Leeds youngster Joe Gelhardt late on at Elland Road and deserved to be worthy of three points, whilst he brilliantly kept out Danny Ings in the early stages of Wolves’ thrilling victory at Villa Park earlier this month.
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What did Hatfield say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “You know he’s someone who likes to come out and control his area and be a bit more vocal.
“And he’s shown in recent weeks that he’s capable of really good shot stopping and that’s something that Wolves fans have seen more and more from him recently. He’s athletic and covers the goal really well.”
Is Sa better than Rui Patricio?
It’s difficult to compare the two this early into Sa’s Wolves’ career, especially given what Patricio gave to the cause during his three seasons at Molineux.
But Sa has certainly made a promising start to his Wolves career and already looks at home in the Premier League.
He’s still got some way to go before he emulates what Patricio achieved in the Midlands, but he’s quickly proved himself as an adequate replacement.