Why Joao Moutinho will play a crucial role for Wolves this season
Wolverhampton Wanderers claimed the Championship title in emphatic fashion last time out, swatting aside every single team that came their way. The Wolves were on fire under Nuno Espirito Santo, as they romped their way to the title.
The manager has since significantly strengthened the squad before the transfer window slammed shut. The Portuguese manager brought in the likes of Rui Patricio, Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota, Benik Afobe, Willy Boly, Adama Traore and Joao Moutinho to bolster the club’s ranks.
The Wolves now look immensely formidable and are capable of going up against the biggest teams in the league. And summer arrival Joao Moutinho is expected to play a key role in the squad this season.
The Portuguese international is one of the most experienced players in the game, plying his trade at the highest level for a long time. He is also a Euro Cup winner with Portugal.
Moutinho’s arrival will automatically raise the spirits in the dressing room. Moutinho was signed for a meagre £5 million on a two-year deal, which is an absolute steal considering the market nowadays.
The midfielder is capable of playing in a number of different systems and formations. Generally classified as a central midfielder, Moutinho often runs the show in the middle of the park.
The 31-year-old possesses immense control on the ball, making it hard for defenders to stick a leg in. His low centre of gravity allows him to glide past players effortlessly. Moutinho is also a classy passer of the ball and is capable of playing defence-splitting passes in the tightest situations.
The midfielder should also be handed set-piece duties at the club, given his ability to whip in excellent crosses into the box. Moutinho also likes to fashion the occasional blinder from a distance.
What makes him quite enticing is his willingness to contribute to the defence. The former Monaco man is constantly pressing in the midfield and cutting out passing lanes.
As Wolves have begun a new journey under Nuno Espirito Santo, Moutinho will certainly play a crucial role for the club. After a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Everton, Wolves must prepare to face Leicester City at King Power Stadium this weekend.