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Transfers that shook the club: Wolverhampton Wanderers and Diogo Jota

Transfers that shook the club: Wolverhampton Wanderers and Diogo Jota - Wolves

In our Transfers that shook the club feature, Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at deals that many may not have seen coming and the impact that they had during their time by using statistical data and pundit remarks.

Diogo Jota was one of a string of new signings that followed Nuno Espirito Santo to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2017 as their new Chinese owners Fosun showed their ambition to gain promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.
Previously playing for Porto in the 2016/17 season on loan from Atletico Madrid, the 23-year old had scored nine goals and made seven assists in 38 games in all competitions and even featured in the UEFA Champions League, according to Transfermarkt.
To make the step down from Europe’s elite competition to the Championship may have astounded many of the West Midlands faithful, but Jota bought into the project and wanted to work with Nuno again, so he followed him to England.

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He did not disappoint in his debut campaign in England, scoring 18 goals and providing six assists in 46 matches in all competitions, as per Transfermarkt, as he helped Wolves become champions of the second tier and therefore gain promotion to the top flight.
Having initially joined on a loan deal from the Spanish capital, Jota was signed on a permanent transfer in 2018 for £12.6m (via Transfermarkt). His market value had already risen to £16.2m by this time, so already the deal looked a great piece of business by Nuno.
In his debut term at Premier League level, Jota netted a further 10 goals and provided seven assists in 37 appearances in all competitions, helping them achieve a rather impressive seventh-placed finish in the division having just been promoted, therefore qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
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His market value had climbed to a peak £31.5m by the end of the 2018/19 season, meaning that the £12.6m that Nuno spent on him following his initial loan seemed a stroke of genius.
In this current campaign, the Portuguese international has arguably been even better, having managed to score 15 times and produce six assists in 42 games in all competitions so far, according to Transfermarkt.
The market value of the winger has since dropped to £25.2m due to the financial adjustments as a result of the global pandemic outbreak. However, that figure is still double what Wolves originally paid for him, therefore highlighting the great piece of business Nuno did first to get Jota into the club on loan and then to secure him permanently on what now looks to be a bargain.
Wolves fans, were you surprised when Jota first joined? Comment below with your views!

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