If you were still unsure whether or not Wolves did good business in the summer, I imagine this game provided a definitive conclusion.
Adama Traore takes the headlines for the most obvious contribution but his fellow recruits all showed why they’re worthy of immediate selection at the expense of last season’s heroes.
Rui Patricio excelled with a string of international class saves that were just as important as anything going on at the other end of the pitch. He has probably been the outstanding goalkeeper of the Premier League season to date.
Given his horror miss and the header he directed straight at Fabianski, you could suggest it was an afternoon to forget for Raul Jimenez but I’m still mightily impressed with his overall game. He’s always involved, always asking questions and most importantly of all, always getting on the end of crosses. I would say he has improved the team.
The same can definitely be said of Joao Moutinho who glides across the pitch, making neat contributions and seemingly improving each and every week. He was my Man of the Match yesterday for cumulative brilliance.
Jonny Castro is certainly no Barry Douglas, but what he does do very well is keep the ball, recycle possession and keep Wolves in the ascendancy. Not to mention being rock solid defensively.
That brings us back to Traore whose mere presence on the pitch creates an aura of inevitably that something is about to happen.
Funnily enough, West Ham had crowded him out well having obviously planned for his arrival. That is right up until he turned on the after burners to strike the decisive blow.
There was a lot of noise on his arrival at the club that it was an area of the pitch that didn’t require strengthening but none of our other wide players would have scored that goal.
The raw power and rapid acceleration mark him out as a standout performer at any level and as keen as we all are to see what he can do from the start, there can probably be no better impact player from the bench.
Nuno has used him intelligently to date resisting the urge to insert him straight into the eleven, but as with the others it’s clear he has the ability to take an already capable side to a whole other level.
Exciting times indeed.