Pundit Tony Cascarino has been blown away by Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Moutinho following his first season in English football.
The 32-year-old made the switch to Molineux last summer and has played a key role on the team finishing seventh on their return to the Premier League.
He is an experienced ace that has played at the highest level and earned 114 caps for Portugal, but has brought a freshness to the side and is on the shortlist for the club’s player of the year.
The deep-lying midfielder controls the ball for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and been a force in the Premier League.
Moutinho has made eight assists in his 43 appearances across all competitions this season and cost just £5million (BBC) last summer from Monaco.
Cascarino has hailed the central midfielder’s impact on Wolves and is stunned how cheap he was.
“Moutinho, I can’t believe Wolves managed to bring him into the club for £5m. He’s a Champions League-quality player!” Cascarino told talkSPORT.
“He creates, he runs that midfield with his passing and I think it was one of the best transfers that has been made in this country, bringing in a player of that international stature.”
Moutinho, who earns £100,000-a-week (Spotrac), has had no problems adjusting to English football and it’s easy to see why he’s had such a successful career.
He is the perfect mentor for young teammate Ruben Neves in the centre of the park and outshone him at times this campaign.
Wolves have been the best of the rest outside the top six with a Moutinho-Neves axis, while Lenader Dendoncker has also developed into a key figure in recent months.
Moutinho is showing no signs of slowing down yet and he will be even more crucial if the club do end up qualifying for Europe, which will happen if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final.