A number of Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have been raving about Willy Boly’s display in Thursday night’s Europa League last-32 first-leg rout of Espanyol at Molineux.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s charges were simply unstoppable on the night as they put four past their beleaguered visitors, Diogo Jota smashing home his second consecutive European hat-trick and Ruben Neves scoring a sensational volley.
Jota opened the scoring in the 15th minute against Espanyol, who are bottom of La Liga with just four league wins all season and had made widescale changes for the game, with a volley from Raul Jimenez’s flick-on.
Wolves nonetheless lived dangerously as the visitors threatened on occasion, but then came the superb second of the game as a half-cleared ball fell to Neves, who controlled with his chest and let rip with a 25-yard volley.
From then on it was one-way traffic as Matt Doherty and Leander Dendoncker combined to set up Jota, who held off Victor Gomez to drill home in the 67th minute, and the cherry on top came nine minutes from time, Jota rifling a low shot home from the edge of the box.
While Jota understandably took home the match ball with his treble and Neves delivered a moment of magic with his thunderbolt, two duo getting most of the plaudits, there was also a lot of praise sent the way of the defence, and since Boly’s return, Wolves have kept three consecutive clean sheets.
One moment in particular stood out for the 29-year-old – Matias Vargas tried to get past the big defender, only for him to casually nab the ball away from the Argentine, cool as you like, and set Wolves on their way.
Here is what some fans said about Boly’s heroics:
55 minutes gone, neves has scored a screamer, but still more than content to give man of the match to king willy boly, what an absolute monster of men and world class centre half. #wwfc
— Dale Nicholls (@DaleTheGreatx) February 20, 2020
How.good is willy boly…absolutely immense. Best centre half I’ve seen in a wolves shirt #wwfc
— Alexvaswwfc (@Alexwwfc2) February 20, 2020
The man mountain big Willy Boly 3 games back vs Man Utd, Leicester and Espanyol and 3 clean sheets. No coincidence #wwfc
— Zackary Haynes (@zhaynes93) February 20, 2020
Things we learnt from that game:
– Doherty is much more effective when Traoré isn’t playing or when we change to 3412
– Jota is MUCH better centrally in a front 2
– We take Boly for granted#wwfc
— RN8 🇵🇹 (@RubenWWFC) February 20, 2020
1 clean sheet in 15 without Boly, 3 clean sheets in 3 with him in…. Willy Boly 😍 #wwfc
— Gary Hughes (@gazhughes89) February 20, 2020
3 clean sheets in a row. Guess who’s back?
Sir William of Boly#wwfc
— James (@JaiwolfLee) February 20, 2020
— Craig Whitlock (@cwhitlock1986) February 20, 2020
god how did we survive without boly in the team?
— Bibb (@bibb_wwfc) February 20, 2020
Neves is slowly taking the reigns from Moutinho, but Moutinho will always be the 🐐.
Doherty was outstanding in the second half 🤫🤫
Saiss just keeps getting better and better
Jonny continues being the most consistent player
Boly is the difference from being Mid table
— B̷i̷l̷l̷y̷ (@BillyWWFC06) February 20, 2020