Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio has been lauded as “one of the best” players in his position in the Premier League by former England striker Darren Bent.
The Portugal international has been ever-present for his team in the league so far this season and they are currently just two points off a place in the top four.
The 31-year-old has missed just one Premier League game since coming to Wolves in summer 2018 and Bent thinks that the ‘keeper has been a huge factor in Nuno Espirito Santo’s team qualifying for Europe and reaching the Europa League knockout stages in that time.
Speaking about Patricio to Football Insider, he said: “Easily, he is one of the best in the league. I’m surprised that one or two of those Wolves players are still down there, but Wolves are playing really really well and going about their business.
“So yeah the goalkeeper, I’ve always been a big fan of his, it did surprise me they managed to get him and that he is still there.
“But for Wolves, he has been fantastic and he is arguably one of the best keepers in the Premier League in the last couple of years.
“And to be fair his rise goes hand in hand with Wolves, they’re getting better and better every year so if they can hold onto him, it would be brilliant.”
Bent is justified in granting such high praise on Patricio, given how commendably the goalkeeper has performed during his time at Molineux.
Patricio has shipped 24 goals in the league so far this term, just over half of last season’s tally at the midway point of this campaign, with Nuno’s side having a better defensive record than the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham and conceding only one goal fewer than champions Manchester City.
Indeed, the 31-year-old showed his penalty-saving prowess against Pep Guardiola’s side on Friday night, twice saving spot kicks from Raheem Sterling, only for the first save to be chalked off because of encroachment by his team-mates and the second save preceded by Sterling scoring on the rebound (as per BBC). Patricio also denied Manchester United’s Paul Pogba from the penalty spot earlier in the season.
The Portugal ‘keeper ranks among the highest in his position in the Premier League for several metrics, with 52 saves in total, 39 shots saved from inside the penalty area and four clean sheets. [via Sofascore]
With a goal concession rate among the lowest in the Premier League, and having been a near-constant presence in the team since joining Wolves in 2018, it’s little wonder that Bent has given such a glowing assessment of Patricio’s form at Molineux.
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