Joleon Lescott praised the qualities of defender Willy Boly after Wolverhampton Wanderers romped to a convincing victory on Thursday night in the Europa League.
Wolves dispatched Spanish outfit Espanyol 4-0 at Molineux in the first leg of Europa League Round of 32 tie.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side almost have one foot in the next round ahead of the second leg next week in Spain and made light work of an opposite that are sat bottom in La Liga.
Diogo Jota stole the headlines with his hat-trick against Espanyol and that remarkably followed on from another hat-trick against Besiktas in the club’s previous European outing.
Meanwhile, midfielder Ruben Neves added another stunning long-range goal to his collection and attention now turns to Norwich City in the Premier League.
Lescott, who started his playing career at Wolves, felt that Boly deserved big credit despite some other star performances.
“He’s outstanding. His physical presence is unique and he has the agility and ability to get back [defensively]. He’s been instrumental in this team since he came to the club,” Lescott told BT Sport ESPN HD (10:10pm, 20 February).
Boly wasn’t the busiest against Espanyol, but the defending he did do looked comfortable and his return from injury has been excellent for the team.
The French centre-back has played three games in all competitions since his comeback and that has resulted in three clean sheets.
He plays the right-sided centre-back role so effectively for Wolves in the back three, with his pace and power a nightmare for defenders to try get the better of.
Wolves should now fancy themselves as one of the teams in the Europa League competition that can go all the way and there is no doubt that on their day they are a match for anyone.