The hype over Wolverhampton Wanderers’ new goalkeeper is now reaching fever pitch. Rui Patricio has joined the club from Sporting Lisbon and showed just why he is such a coup with a stunning save against Morocco in the World Cup yesterday.
That, coupled with his previous assured performances with Portugal and Sporting have seen him easily become one of the top 10 goalkeepers in Europe.
For Wolves fans, it is an exciting signing and one which will no doubt help their chances of Premier League survival.
But the hype will surely be troubling one man, current Wolves incumbent John Ruddy.
The 31-year-old was named the Championship goalkeeper of the season last term. However, with the arrival of Patricio, the Englishman now faces a huge battle to retain his number one status at Molineux.
Rival teams, especially those in the Championship, will surely now come calling. But Wolves would love to have both options available to them next season. Both are excellent experienced stoppers and having the pair as options will give Wolves absolute security in the goalkeeping positions.
It remains to be seen how Ruddy reacts to Patricio’s arrival and whether he can rise to the challenge from the Portuguese star. Wolves fans will hope he sticks around and gives it his best.