The option to sign Willy Boly for €12 million has been activated by Wolves, according to O Jogo.
Boly adapted well to the Championship because he made 36 league appearances last season and ended up being one of Wolves best performers as part of the back three.
Wolves have taken their time to make this move as they assess whether last season’s loanees will be good enough for the Premier League. Boly is an important signing because he formed a good understanding with Conor Coady and Ryan Bennett while Matt Doherty and Barry Douglas performed well as wing-backs.
The chemistry between the defensive players as well as the use of a 3-4-3 formation led to them conceding only 39 goals in the league, which was the joint-lowest.
This is a good signing because Boly is a bargain for €12 million especially if he adapts quickly to the Premier League. The network the club were able to build in Portugal worked well because their transfer dealings were a huge success.
Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota may have got the plaudits, but Boly was also an excellent addition last season and his influence defensively shouldn’t be underestimated.
Wolves are clearly sorting out their team from last season before bringing in external players, but they should aim to do as much of the business as possible before the World Cup in order to get players settled for the pre-season and get as much value as possible for incomings.