Plenty of Wolves fans are having a great Friday after their dominating display yesterday evening – and they are especially happy with one man.
Diogo Jota only came on in the 56th minute, and just 12 minutes later he was celebrating his third goal of the evening.
With both teams playing muchly depleted sides as both of their fates had already been decided, it took just a bit more quality from Wolves to take the game away from the Turkish side.
How far will Wolves go in the Europa League?
No further than the round of 16
Jota – who bagged twice as well on the weekend for Wanderers – seemed to be that bit of quality aforementioned in the last paragraph. While none of his goals came from individual brilliance, his movement and his ability to be in the right place at the right time was the difference.
According to reports from Goal, that was the fastest hat-trick in this competition since September 2014 and the first man to score a hat-trick after coming on from the bench since November 2010.
Lots sent it positive messages for the Portuguese star – as you can read below…
Diogo you are unreal pal. I love you so much. Please never leave x
— joey (@fatalmango) December 12, 2019
— Joe Stanley-Hill (@JoeJose84) December 13, 2019
What a man.
— αяt¡n artrÖz Özil (@MartinMartroz) December 12, 2019
Jota netting at the south bank goal…. my favorite sight in football
— Brian Pugh (@pugh_brian) December 13, 2019
He was pure magic tonight .
— Sarah (@SpeesrA) December 13, 2019
— Nayf (@Nayfkerr) December 12, 2019
It’s a good time for the Wolves star to start firing, as the new couple of weeks throws up some difficult questions which will need answering. While they have gone 11 unbeaten in the league – beating Man City and drawing with Arsenal along the way – the last five games have been slightly easier fixtures.
Over the next four games they have Spurs, Norwich, Man City and Liverpool, so will have to play a string of really tough games with a quite small squad. How they do in these big games could go along way to tell us how they will do in the season.