Ivan Cavaleiro was amongst the first batch of signings after Wolves’ takeover in summer 2016 and the Portuguese enjoyed a productive if somewhat unspectacular debut season at Molineux, netting five times across all competitions.
But the acceleration of that scoring rate this season highlights how much Wolves have improved from their 15th-place finish in 2016/17. The Black Country outfit are now the firm front runners for promotion, extending their lead at the top of the Championship table to four points last night with a 4-1 victory over Leeds.
It involved a fine performance from Cavaleiro who is now one shy of the five-goal total he amassed in 31 appearances last season after netting the second goal on Wednesday, finishing off a fine flowing move that started in Wolves’ own half by rolling one defender and stepping beyond the flailing leg of another before powering an effort into the bottom corner.
What will perhaps impress Wolves fans more though is the immense industry the wide forward showed off the ball; he actually made the joint-most tackles of any Wolves player last night, while ranking joint-second for interceptions.
It was a committed and dynamic performance from Cavaleiro, who Transfermarkt value at £6.75million, that encapsulated how drastically Wolves have improved since last season. They already look like an outfit ready for the challenge of Premier League football.
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