Why Willy Boly Is A Good Signing By Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers seem interested in carrying on their very impressive summer recruitment programme by signing Porto defender Willy Boly on a season-long loan.
The Frenchman had a tough time last season at Porto, having been a firm favourite at Sporting Braga. The 26-year-old played only 4 Primeira Liga games and it seems like his club are willing to let him go. Wolves have had a long-standing interest in Boly, and in fact tried to sign him last summer before his move to Porto.
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo worked with him at Porto following his arrival there and would like to do so again, with the powerful and tall centre-back being seen as a key part of Wolves’ potential title bid next term. If he signs, he will follow Ryan Bennett, Barry Douglas, Roderick Miranda and Phil Ofosu-Ayeh to Molineux in what has been a complete defensive reshuffle.
Boly would bring the sort of prowess needed if Wolves are to surprise a few people over the course of next year or so. Given their recent signings, Wolves have forced their way into the top 7 in the betting for next year’s title and I can’t help thinking that even at that, they have been underestimated.
Anywhere outside the Premier League, it has been proven time and again that a good transfer window can completely change your fortunes around and the Wolves side which lines up for their first league game in August will bear little resemblance to the ones we saw being churned out every week by Paul Lambert.
Up to this point, Willy Boly has risen steadily up the football ranks, having started his professional career in Auxerre’s B team. 27 games at that level complemented 113 appearances for the first team there in Ligue1 and Ligue2 before he moved to Portugal and Sporting Braga back in 2014/15.
Boly played 49 times for Braga, including 12 appearances in the Europa League which gave him great experience, before being snapped up by giants Porto last summer. Only 7 appearances in total came for Porto though and now he appears to have been made available for transfer, on a loan basis at first, and Wolves are wasting no time.
Wolves’ recruitment so far reminds of a higher-level version of what Sheffield United did in League One last season. True, the Blades were maybe higher up the ranks than where Wolves are in the Championship, but their recruitment last summer was the thing that decided that league in emphatic style.
Yes, you need a good coach and a good ethic, but even Mourinho can’t turn Colchester into a Chelsea. So you need the right players at your disposal. Wolverhampton Wanderers are doing their best to surround themselves with absolute quality and it’s to their great credit.