Wolves reporter Liam Keen has given his views on midfielder Joao Moutinho following their recent victory in the Premier League.
Bruno Lage’s men picked up a win on Saturday in one of the more eventful games that you’ll see this season, with there being 19 minutes of time added on in the first half, an overturned red card and a goal for each side in the final 10 minutes of the game, which eventually saw Wolves come out 2-1 winners.
Portuguese midfielder Moutinho bagged the opening goal of the game with an impressive finish with the outside of his boot following some neat build-up play, but it seems as though it wasn’t just the goal that left Keen impressed.
Speaking on the Express and Star YouTube channel after the game, following similar praise from host Nathan Judah, Keen praised his all-round performance on the day, with particular emphasis placed on the work rate that he showed against Brentford.
He said: “You’re right to pick out Moutinho – not only for the goals, but once again, they were absolutely outstanding. I’m going to specifically pick out Moutinho. I don’t know how he does it every week, genuinely today, he barely put a foot wrong.
“Even in the first half when Wolves really struggled to get into their flow and their rhythm, he was everywhere; he covered every blade of grass. Absolutely outstanding from him today.”
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Keen’s statement is backed up by Moutinho’s numbers on the day, with the 35-year-old showing up all over the pitch.
Not only was he good in attack, completing 76% of his passes alongside his two key passes and providing the assist for Ruben Neves’ winner, but he also won four tackles, made five clearances and one interception to help out defensively as well (via WhoScored).
It certainly was not a bad performance for a player who is getting on a bit when it comes to age, which is something that Wolves might have to consider in the coming months. With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the club need to decide whether or not they want to keep him or let him go for free.
But if he can keep putting in performances like this, then it might just give them a reason to extend his time at Molineux for just a little bit longer.