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Wolves 2 Torino 1 – player ratings

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after a 2-1 victory over Torino.

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Rui Patricio

Another very solid display from the Portuguese keeper who has barely put a foot wrong since the start of pre-season. Looks to have gained in confidence, his English has improved and he's commanding his area better too. Only called upon to make one good save, when he pawed Baselli's free-kick around the post like the proverbial cat. Miaow indeed. 7/10

Jesus Vallejo

A really tough test against Belotti – Torino's stand-out player over the two legs – and Vallejo struggled at times. There's an excellent player in there – you don't play for Real Madrid and skipper the Spain Under-21 side if not – but Vallejo isn't quite up to speed yet. A pass accuracy of 63 per cent reflects his wastefulness in possession, especially in the first half when he looked jittery on occasion. Improved after the break. 5/10

Conor Coady

Also gave the ball away too often but made up for that with some exceptional positional sense as he kept a close eye on Torino's dangerous front two. Made an important late block from Zaza as Torino desperately pushed for a goal to keep the tie alive and helped marshal the defence with the Italians trying to pile on the pressure. 7/10

Willy Boly

Tougher to squeeze past than Pavarotti in a lift, Boly was the pick of the back three with another dominant display. Strength, aerial ability, power, awareness, positional sense, technique and skill – Boly has got the lot. Along with Patricio, Traore and Jimenez he's made a stellar start to the campaign. 8/10

Adama Traore

Last season he was consistent only in his inconsistency. Not anymore. Traore is producing the goods week after week and he can now add Ola Aina to his increasing list of victims who will close their eyes at night and see 'ADAMA 37' cartwheeling away from them at breakneck speed. Wolves struggled to get going in the opening stages but it was Traore who sparked them to life with a trademark dash from deep, taking on two players. A few minutes later he was getting the better of two players again, before swinging over a cross for Raul Jimenez to score the opener. That's four assists already this season –more than he managed in the whole of 2018/19. And he touched the ball more than any other Wolves player, which shows the faith his team mates now have in him too. The Chinese would have you believe this is the year of the pig. It's actually the year of the Traore, Wolves' very own human express train. 8/10

Joao Moutinho

A neat and tidy display from Moutinho who found a gold shirt with 35 of his 37 attempted passes. Nothing outlandish – kept things simple and kept Wolves ticking along. He and Coady remain the only players to start every game so far this season. 7/10

Romain Saiss

Picked by Nuno in both Torino games to shield the back three and he did another fine job. His seven clearances were more than anyone on the field, to add to his three tackles and three interceptions. Gave a couple of daft fouls away, but hey, this is Saiss after all. A valuable and underrated squad member. 8/10

Leander Dendoncker

A third goal in Wolves colours for the big Belgian who showed great composure to side-foot the ball in off the post when many would have blasted it. Won five headers and added steel and bite to the midfield, which was lacking against Burnley. Could have scored another goal, too, after another good run into the box. 7/10

Jonny Castro Otto

Made a couple of promising bursts forward in the first half but his attacking ventures were kept to a minimum thereafter. Solid at the back, no frills, but short of the sparkling form he showed at the end of last season. 6/10

Raul Jimenez

It's been said many times before and it'll be said again...where would Wolves be without this guy? Yet another goal to take his tally to seven in just nine appearances this season – and 24 in 42 for the calender year for club and country. More than that, though, his effort levels were again phenomenal and he linked the play beautifully at times. One moment when he held off three players in his own half before finding a team mate was particularly impressive and embodied the team nature of Jimenez's performance, as always. 8/10

Diogo Jota

It's easy to say that hard work is a given, but after nine matches already this season and with all and sundry saying Jota needs a rest, you can't help but be impressed by his work ethic as he repeatedly tried to engineer something special, running at defenders and creating space for others. A lot of what he tried didn't come off, but then a quick burst of pace and a low shot led to the all-important second goal. 7/10


Patrick Cutrone (for Jota, 81)

Only nine minutes to impress, with Nuno again keeping the Italian on a leash. N/A

Ruben Neves (for Moutinho, 90)


Pedro Neto (for Jimenez, 90+2)


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