If you told Wolves supporters at the beginning of the 2017/18 season that they’d be in Europe within two years, they’d have called you a fool.
But lo and behold, going into the 2019/20 campaign, that’s exactly where they’ll be.
After finishing seventh in the Premier League, Nuno Santo’s men had to wait on Watford’s result in the FA Cup final last weekend to ensure their place in the Europa League.
Watford lost 6-0 and, as a result, the Midlands club will now enter the second qualifying round of the Champions League’s sister competition.
Wolves have a number of players who should be able to make the step up easily. Not least Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio, who have European and international experience aplenty.
However, left-wing back Jonny is also someone the Molineux faithful can look towards to perform in crucial moments.
The Spaniard starred for Celta Vigo in their run to the semi-finals in 2016/17, a season where Wolves finished 15th in the Championship.
Jonny missed just eight minutes of Vigo’s European run before they were knocked out by Manchester United before the final. It was a performance from the Spanish side that defied the odds and Wolves can look towards that as inspiration.
The Wolves man played slightly further back at his former side, appearing as a traditional left-back, rather than in the role he plays in under Nuno Santo.
As a result, his defensive contribution was higher, making 3.8 interceptions per game. That’s compared to the 1.8% he’s made in the Premier League this term. It’s evidence of how well he reads the game and, in matches where the stakes will be high, Jonny’s influence will be vital if Wolves are to go far.
Jonny failed to score or assist throughout the campaign but did show encouraging signs in attack. On average he completed 1.1 dribbles per game, which was more than he’s managed since arriving in the Premier League. That’s despite playing further back.
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His durability will be particularly encouraging for Wolves, particularly as the club are expected to play a higher number of matches over the next year.