Phil Thompson told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (broadcast on 2/11; 17:47) that Diogo Jota was the best player on the pitch during Wolverhampton Wanderers’s draw with Arsenal at the Emirates.
Wolves have added to the pressure on Unai Emery’s shoulders. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men came from behind to take a point home with them.
Raul Jimenez was the man to score their equaliser. But Thompson suggested that it was another player who really caught his eye, and expressed his belief that the Gunners players were probably relieved to see him substituted.
“Jota, I think, could play for any one of the top teams, I really do,” he told Soccer Saturday. “Today, he was the best player on this pitch by a mile. He gets his body in between, he’s quick, he’s got an assist in him, he’s got a goal in him.
“When they took him off near the end, he was absolutely shattered. But I thought a few Arsenal players have probably gone, ‘wow, thank goodness for that’.”
Jota enjoyed a brilliant first season in the Premier League. The 22-year-old scored nine goals and contributed five assists as Nuno’s men caught many by surprise.
He is yet to really get going this term, with one goal coming in the top flight. But he remains a serious threat. And it looks to be a matter of time before he starts contributing more goals.
The downside of that for Wolves will be that interest in Jota is only going to increase. He is young enough to get even better. And that is a frightening thought given the contribution that he has already made during his time at Molineux.