With the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo after four years at the helm, Wolves have recently appointed Bruno Lage as thier new manager.
But a change in the hot seat may not be the only change at Molineux this summer. As it becomes more and more likely that Wolves fans will have to bid farewell to Rui Patricio, there are rumours that there could be a new ‘keeper in town imminently.
Those rumours would suggest that Portuguese (obviously) shot stopper Jose Sa, who plies his trade with Olympiacos, could be inbound.
Don’t know much about him? Well we, at 90min, have got you covered…
The now 28-year-old moved a lot in his youth and took his time to settle at a club.
Spells in youth teams at Palmeiras, Merelinense, Benfica and Maritimo preceded his eventual breakthrough at Porto, where he broke into the first team in 2017/18, before moving to Olympiacos permanently in 2019.
The goalkeeper definitely has experience of winning titles and, in each of the three seasons, he’s managed it.
He picked up Liga NOS with Porto in 2017/18, and has won consecutive Greek Super League titles with Olympiacos in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
In his first season as a permanent Olympiacos player, Sa kept a very tidy 18 clean sheets in 26 league games and, in doing so, deservedly grabbed the goalkeeper of the year award.
His tally of 13 the following term wasn’t enough to grab the award for a second time, although it did help his side to the title.
Yes, okay, he’s still uncapped by Portugal.
But he was in the squad for the Nations League winning side in 2019 and undoubtedly has a close relationship with the other Portuguese players in that side who now play for Wolves – and there are a couple.
He won’t be too expensive, but Wolves will nonetheless have to fork out something for the Olympiacos player.
Sa is tied down to the Greek side until the summer of 2023, meaning some compensation will have to be paid.
If you decide to embark on a Career Mode and choose to sign Sa, you’ll find the shot stopper at a decent 79 overall base rating.
With the right game time and training programme, you can even make that figure grow to an 81 rating – not spectacular, but not bad at all.