Journalist Tim Spiers has provided an explanation as to why Wolves opted to sell Diogo Jota last summer.
The 24-year-old left Molineux to join Liverpool after spending just over two years at the club, following his £12.6m move from Atletico Madrid in 2018.
Jota ended up scoring 44 goals and providing 19 assists from 131 appearances for the club (TransferMarkt) and was one of Wolves’ first signings since they were promoted back into the Premier League just months earlier (cited by JOE).
BBC Sport revealed that Jota’s deal to Anfield was worth an initial £41m, which could rise by an extra £4m with add-ons and bonuses, and he was even described as a “monster” by Reds’ assistant manager Pep Ljinders, due to the nature of his relentless pressing of opposition defenders.
Spiers revealed in his article for The Athletic, via Molineux News that Jota was allowed to be sold because the club felt he had ‘hit a ceiling’, with Nuno having the final say on all player recruitment at the club.
Despite this conclusion, Jota has gone on to find the net nine times from his first 17 outings for Liverpool.
Transfer Tavern Verdict
As far as this season goes, it appears that Wolves made a mistake by selling Jota on the back of Raul Jimenez’s injury, which nobody could have seen coming.
Nuno could have really done with his goals, but at the same time, the hope was that Fabio Silva would have been firing, but it has not been the case so far.
Time will tell whether this move comes back to bite Wolves, but if Jota returns to his previous form when he comes back from injury at Anfield, it will certainly look like an error of judgement.
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