Nuno Espírito Santo’s side welcome Newcastle United tonight in a fixture which represents drastically different things for either side.
Following a decent run of form which has seen the hosts on a three-game winning streak, Wolves will be keen on dominating the game to keep their faint European hopes alive. Newcastle, on the other hand, will be hoping to build on their recent 2-1 victory against Manchester City to help secure their Premier League survival.
Key player Diogo Jota will be at the core of Espírito Santo’s matchday plan, whilst record signing Miguel Almiron will be hoping to make an impact in his first game for his new club following the record transfer move in January.
But who is better?
Since making his move from Spanish giants Athletico Madrid back in 2017, Jota has proven himself to be one of the brightest talents at Wolves, which is hardly surprising given his pedigree.
The Portugal under-21 captain has netted 23 goals in 68 games for his current club, and with a recent Premier League hat-trick under his belt, doesn’t look to be slowing any time soon.
He’s a tricky player who looks to be the line when possible but is evidently most comfortable when on the ball, using his excellent technical ability and skill to take on defenders whenever possible.
Jota has already established himself a fundamental player in a Wolves side who are defying all the odds this season and, for us, appears alongside Ruben Neves as one of the club’s most prized possessions.
TT Rating: B
It’s difficult to judge how good of a player Miguel Almiron is, as he’s yet to prove himself in a ‘big’ league.
However, what we do know from his time at Atlanta United is that he’s an extremely hardworking and naturally gifted player.
He’s creative on the ball and often uses his industrious work-rate to help create pockets of space for his teammates to take advantage. Whether he’ll occupy the spot just behind Rondon, currently occupied by Ayoze Perez, remains to be seen, but he was certainly at his best when freely roaming around Atlanta’s Josef Martinez.
As Newcastle’s first record signing since Michael Owen, there’s certainly a lot of expectation on the player to hit the ground running, but hopefully he’s got what it takes.
TT Rating: C+
Jota takes this one home for us.
The forward has done so well to develop himself into a quality Premier League player in such a short amount of time, and his experience in the game has paid dividend here.
Almiron could surprise us, but it’s such a huge step up from the MLS that it could be a while before we see a real player.