Newly-promoted Premier League outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly closing in on the signing of Porto defender Willy Boly.
The French defender spent last season on loan at Molineux and helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side return to the Premier League as Championship winners. He made 37 appearances, scoring 3 goals, and became a stand-out performer for the Wolves in the Championship.
Boly’s sensational season in the Championship this term has garnered a lot of interest from top clubs but Wolves must do everything to get their star man permanently this summer.
The French centre-back has been an absolute rock for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and there is little doubt that he cannot reproduce the similar performances in the Premier League next season.
Tall, imposing and strong in the air, Boly started attacks from the back for Wolves with his sweeping passes and crossing abilities. He has looked accomplished with the ball at his feet, never fearing to maraud forward with the ball and join attacks.
Surely, the Wolves’ attacking players have been hogging much of the limelight for their rich success but one cannot ignore the contributions made by Boly.
He was an obvious standout player, delivering consistent displays week in and week out. His presence exuded a lot of calmness in the defence, which enabled the midfielders to join the attacks freely without getting bothered about a quick counter-attack.
Sure there were a couple of blips but the team and the players picked themselves up from the setbacks and simply got better. The 3-4-3 formation became the flavour under Santo as Wolves galloped to the Championship title.
The Portuguese made Wolves play an attacking and expansive brand of football, using the wing-backs to greater effects. While the attacking players deserve a lot of credit, the defence needs a special praise, especially Boly for organising and marshalling it magnificently well.
Boly has become an established, vital and indispensable figure for Santo. The Frenchman brought a sense of stability in the backline and also popped up with the odd goals.
The amount Wolves will be spending to sign Boly after a remarkable season reminds us that the club knows the value of its money. In today’s market, £10million is a snip and this could be one of the best deals Wolves will complete in recent years.
Based on the powerful Frenchman’s performances in the Championship, it is safe to say that he would be worth every penny for Wolves.