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Opinion: Wolves need Diogo Jota to step up before things turn ugly at Molineux

Opinion: Wolves need Diogo Jota to step up before things turn ugly at Molineux

Wolves have had a mixed start to the season having fought back to pick up a good point against Everton on the Premier League’s opening weekend before losing 2-0 away at Leicester City the following Saturday.

But, despite having only picked up one point out of six from their first two games, there have been many positives for manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

New signing Raul Jimenez, in particular, has looked promising and was unlucky not to add to his debut goal versus Everton when Wolves travelled to the King Power.

However, while Nuno is likely to be pleased with what he has gotten from Jimenez so far, the Portuguese coach will surely be demanding more from attacking midfielder Diogo Jota in the coming weeks.

Jota was instrumental in Wolves promotion to the Premier League after scoring 17 goals in the Championship last season and, while he will struggle to replicate those figures in a much stronger league and it is still early days, the 21-year-old may feel disappointed that he has not been able to make more of an impact.

That being said, £16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Jota has shown glimpses that he is capable of being a threat in this division after causing Everton a few problems in the 2-2 draw Wolves played out at Molineux against Everton.

The jump from the Championship to the Premier League is obviously a big one while at 21, Jota is still growing as a player, but Wolves need the former Porto man at his best again as soon as possible or they could be in for a tough campaign.

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