With Wolverhampton Wanderers bringing the curtain down on our return to Premier League football in the season of 2018/19 with a disappointing defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, that result certainly won’t dampen the spirits on what has been a very good year for the club once again.
Having stormed the to Championship title under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, most fans rightly would’ve simply taken survival this year but there were always strong hopes we could go one step further given the ambitions of our owners, and given we are now one game away from securing European football for 2019/20, it’s safe to say those hopes were achieved.
Speaking to the E&S ahead of the weekend’s final day action, club legend Steve Bull named his Player of the Year, and the great things for Wolves, as he admits, is that after the year we’ve had there are easily ‘four or five’ worthy options.
“Most people would say Joao Moutinho for his exceptional displays in the middle of the park, but then you have got Conor Coady, who has been a rock at the back, and then Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, who have been a revelation up front. Moutinho, Jimenez and Jota are the three who the club have announced are officially in the running for the award. But, for me, Matt Doherty gets the nod. I think Doherty has been outstanding every single game this campaign and become a top quality player.”
Bully went on to talk about his work rate down the right hand side, and 27-year-old Doherty has chipped in with four goals and five assists in the top flight campaign, with further efforts coming in our FA Cup run.
With Doherty not in the official running for the award, Bull went on to say.
“The fact he is not in the final three shows how far we have come. He is one of many who have taken on Nuno’s advice down to a tee. He looks like he has been playing in the Premier League for years. But whoever wins it out of Moutinho, Jimenez and Jota, I’ll be there to celebrate what has been a truly fantastic season. All you can do is praise each and every one of them for what they have produced over the past several months.”
There would be plenty of worthy winners after our performances this year, but irrespective of who actually takes the gong, everyone deserves praises for their efforts and long may that continue.