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Torino 2 Wolves 3 – player ratings

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Tim Spiers rates the players after a 3-2 win over Torino

Wolves are 3-2 up after the first leg in Turin (© AMA / Matthew Ashton)

Rui Patricio

He was disappointed not to save Belotti's late penalty, which went under his body. It would have been his fifth saved penalty of the last seven he's faced. Did make an important save a couple of minutes after that to push Belotti's shot around the post. 7/10

Jesus Vallejo

Handed his second Wolves start as Nuno rotated his squad and did pretty well, all things considered. Distribution was good but he did pick up his second booking in a week meaning he's now one game away from a ban. 6/10

Conor Coady

A true captain's performance from Coady who made a series of vital blocks and interceptions. Crucially nicked the ball off Belotti's toes as the striker was about to shoot with the score at 1-0. One minute later it was 2-0. Produced eight clearances – three more than anyone on the field. He's made a great start to the season and still hasn't missed a single minute of football for Wolves since January 2018. Man of the match. 8/10

Willy Boly

Totally bossed it, as per usual. Four tackles, two interceptions, five clearances and a pass accuracy of 89 per cent, the highest of any Wolves player. Like Coady, he's in great shape right now. Possesses all the attributes to be an outstanding Premier League centre half. Shaping up to be his season. 8/10

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Adama Traore

Torino's left wing-back Cristian Ansaldi has enjoyed a fine career which has included playing for Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid. He's won a couple of Russian titles with Rubin Kazan, been capped by Argentina and even been named in a World Cup squad. Cristian, it might be time to knock it on the head mate. You wonder if the 32-year-old will ever quite be the same person again after being torn apart piece by piece by Adama Traore, who is causing a succession of left-backs/left wing-backs to seriously reconsider their life choices. The express train picked up where he left off against Manchester United with a full-throttle performance which again showcased he's developing a football brain, thinking about his end product and when to time his stunning bursts of electric pace. Fantastic assist for Jota's goal – picked out the pass perfectly. What a player Wolves have on their hands here. Kudos to Nuno for what looks like another masterstroke in changing Traore's position. 8/10

Joao Moutinho

The wily old fox was born for games like this. Brilliant in possession and even smarter without out when he helped protect Wolves' defence during some pressurised spells from the home team. Bagged himself yet another assist – that's two in two games. 8/10

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Romain Saiss

Brought in to replace Ruben Neves and add some steel in midfield, which he certainly managed to do in what was an understated but important performance. No one on the field made more than his six tackles. Like Vallejo he's walking a Europa disciplinary tightrope after being booked for the second time. Underlined his importance to the squad once again. 7/10

Leander Dendoncker

A fairly quiet evening for Dendoncker who was the engine room in midfield but limited his attacking jaunts a little more than usual. Perhaps should have scored with a first-half header from a free kick. 6/10

Ruben Vinagre

Not his night. Will always be a threat going forward but it's the defensive side of Vinagre's game that still needs a lot of work. Lost his man for Torino's first goal when right wing-back De Silvestri got a yard on him to head home at the back post. And then made a serious error of judgement when he kicked Belotti for the 89th minute penalty which has kept Torino in this tie. Needs to learn his lessons sharply, which you suspect he will. Still only 20 years old and has made only 25 starts in his football career 4/10

Raul Jimenez

Five Europa League appearances and five Europa League goals now for Jimenez whose 72nd-minute strike was a truly special moment. The Mexican picked up the ball from deep, sent one defender to Milan with a cheeky little shimmy and sauntered into the box before coolly picking his spot and running towards the away end to celebrate. A real "I was there" moment for the 1,600 who made the trip to Italy and a touch of top class from Jimenez who was called "such a talent" by Torino boss Walter Mazzarri. You can say that again mate. 8/10

Diogo Jota

A mixed bag for Jota who infuriatingly gave the ball away on a number of occasions but then popped up with the all-important goal to double Wolves' lead, easily beating the keeper after being picked out by Traore. Withdrawn on 69 minutes as Nuno manages his workload. 7/10

Substitutes

Jonny Castro Otto (for Traore, 64)

Sent on to shore things up, which he did for the most part although did concede possession too often. 6/10

Pedro Neto (for Jota, 69)

Nuno has clearly taken a shine to Neto who is getting plenty of minutes. Drew a succession of fouls and helped get Wolves upfield in the closing stages. 6/10

Patrick Cutrone (for Jimenez, 74)

Similar to Neto, a few nice touches here and there but Wolves didn't do much attacking in those final minutes. 6/10

Subs not used: Ruddy, Bennett, Neves, Gibbs-White.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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