Willian Jose’s transfer confession
Wolverhampton Wanderers have finally given Willian Jose the Premier League chance that he’s been working towards.
The Brazilian striker joined Wolves on loan from Real Sociedad last month and there is an option to make the move permanent for around £20million at the end of the season.
Willian now hopes to make England his permanent home after explaining just how close he came to joining Tottenham Hotspur last January.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Willian revealed: “I had an offer from them but Real Sociedad didn’t want to let me go. I saw the opportunity to play in the Premier League for a big team with a lot of big players. I had spoken with Mourinho and he had told me he wanted me there.
“I felt there was a possibility I was leaving so I asked Real Sociedad to be left out of a game against Espanyol. But in the end it didn’t happen and I stayed there for another year.”
Willian had to rebuild bridges at Sociedad before eventually leaving on good terms when Wolves came calling last month.
The 29-year-old was brought to Molineux to replace the injured Raul Jimenez in Wolves’ attack and he’s started the last two matches against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
“The club told me that they needed a striker with my characteristics because Raul is injured and they don’t have another player like him,” he said. “I saw that it was a very good opportunity for me to come and show what I can do.”
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Rodgers’ Wolves theory
Brendan Rodgers insists it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out why Wolverhampton Wanderers have struggled this season.
This time last year Wolves were fighting it out with Rodgers’ Leicester City for a place in Europe, but they’ve fallen on harder times this campaign.
When Wolves and Leicester kick-off at Molineux on Sunday there will be 11 places and 16 points between them in the Premier League.
Despite that, Rodgers remains full of admiration for opposite number Nuno Espirito Santo and puts Wolves’ struggles – three wins in 15 league games – down to a number of things.
“Since Nuno’s gone in, he’s done a brilliant job,” Rodgers said. “They have a very good squad and played a very specific way and were up there challenging the top six.
“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. They’ve lost (Diogo) Jota, (Raul) Jimenez, (Matt) Doherty, they were key players for them. It’s very difficult to play to the level you have when you lose that level of player. You have to adapt to that.
“Jota and Jimenez, they are such goal threats. It takes time. Nuno has tried to evolve the team. They played a very clear system and now they are playing out of different systems. It takes that time to grow again in a different way.
“It hasn’t surprised me when they haven’t quite picked up the results. When I was at Liverpool, people wondered why we weren’t a goal threat when (Luis) Suarez and (Daniel) Sturridge were out. Wolves don’t concede a lot of chances. They’re a good team.”
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Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed Wolverhampton Wanderers have injury ‘problems’ ahead of their match with Leicester City on Sunday.
The boss was without five players for Tuesday’s victory over Arsenal and admitted he has some concerns leading up to this weekend’s fixture.
Speaking ahead of the game, Nuno said: “We have problems. If you don’t mind I’ll keep those (to myself) but we have issues. Tomorrow we have another training session so we’ll be able to assess it better.”
Wolves have major problems at left-back in particular, with Rayan Ait-Nouri and Marcal joining long-term absentee Jonny Castro Otto on the sidelines in recent weeks. Romain Saiss, who has played at left-back on occasions this season, has also been missing of late.