With Wolverhampton Wanderers going down 2-0 at the Molineux to Watford last Saturday, a number of players, as well as the overall performance on the day, has come in for some valid criticisms in the days since.
One man who has been a somewhat regular topic of conversation is former Atletico Madrid attacker Diogo Jota as simply put, the 12-year-old Portuguese player just hasn’t set the Premier League alight as many expected him to after last season’s exploits.
Ten performances in total in the campaign of 2018/19 across all competitions haven’t yet produced a goal from him, and neither has he contributed an assist yet.
I don’t think the criticisms levelled at him are over the top, it’s more concern than anything and there remains plenty of hope that he will adjust to the top-flight as we look to kick on further as a club, but at the moment it’s not working for him – especially as per the Watford game when plenty of his colleagues are having an off day as well.
Throughly outplayed. Worst performance I’ve seen from a Nuno side. Credit to Watford. Playing terrific and running circles around us. Jota and Costa depressing to watch today. Cavaleiro and Traore only options at half time. #wwfc @Wolves #WFC
— 1877Wolves (@WolvesTruth) October 20, 2018
Jota hasn't been very good thos season has he? Let's be honest. Start Cav against Brighton. #WWFC
— AshLeo. ◣ ◢ (@AGloverX) October 20, 2018
— Haydn Jarrett (@HaydnJarrett) October 20, 2018
Bad day at the office, Watford did a number on us in midfield and we just didnt recover from the 2 quick goals. no need to panic & certainly no need for wholesale changes but perhaps time to take Jota out of the firing line and start Cav. #wwfc
— Marc Nock (@nocky1982) October 20, 2018
Thought costa had a decent 2nd half, fully agree with Jota – I do like him but hasn’t really done it so far this season.. love CAV – my favourite player ????
Still a great start to the season and NUNO knows what he is doing – looking forward to next game now @WolvesMAGYAR
— Steve (@steve80bt) October 20, 2018
Think goals are a major problem for us. 9 in 9 games for us now.
We simply have to create more. Jimenez holds the ball up OK but lacks any sort of goal threat. Costa is up and down and the less said about Jota the better #wwfc
— Sam (@SamW160) October 20, 2018
If Jota was Danny Batth putting in these performances he would literally have been shot ???? #wwfc
— Mathew Ward (@Matman050988) October 20, 2018
I agree, nothing he does ATM seems to be working
— david prince (@dp2885) October 20, 2018
Time is definitely on his side though given his age, but it might be time for head coach Nuno Espirito Santo to take him out the firing line and try and get some better form and greater confidence into him on the training pitches.