John Ruddy's FA Cup horror-show highlights why Wolves signed Rui Patricio
In the summer, Wolves pounced on the opportunity to sign Portuguese international goalkeeper Rui Patricio. He was one of many players to have quit former club Sporting Lisbon after fans invaded the training ground and threatened players and staff.
In the end, he did not come as a free transfer. Wolves had to pay a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £16 million. Small compensation considering some of the extravagant transfer fees spent in the summer.
But, for some, it seemed an odd decision. John Ruddy, the Wolves number one last season was named in the Championship Team of the Year and is a former England international. So why replace him?
Last night showed just why.
Ruddy was at fault for both of Shrewsbury’s goals in Wolves’ 3-2 FA Cup replay victory.
He came flapping at a corner for the first goal before inexplicably spilling a strike from Josh Laurent into his net.
Wolves fans have often doubted Ruddy and Patricio has been a solid addition since arriving at Molineux.
But if anyone was still in doubt, last night proved just why Wolves made the decision to replace Ruddy in the summer.
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