Wolverhampton Wanderers boosted their chances of advancing in the Europa League with a rampant victory over Espanyol on Thursday evening.
Nuno Santo’s side smashed four goals past their La Liga opposition at Molineux to put themselves in a very healthy position ahead of the return leg next week.
The Wolf Pack witnessed a stunning encounter. Diogo Jota nabbed a hat-trick. Ruben Neves scored a customary long-range screamer.
It has left them waxing lyrical over just about every single player to put on the gold shirt, but most notably, Willy Boly’s presence in defence was noted as he spearheaded a valuable clean sheet.
Here’s what has been said…
willy boly mean machine
— mystic kev (@kevgwolf) February 20, 2020
— D A N I E L L E 🌼💕 (@xDaniellex1891) February 20, 2020
Willy Boly is so good. He does his job and expects others to do theirs. But sometimes I think that the midfield are not expecting a short pass to them but rather he shoots the ball upfield.
— Veritas Wolf (@Veritas11001896) February 20, 2020
Make no doubt about it. Willy Boly is the most important player in that team.
— Steve (@steveshorter) February 20, 2020
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
Boly is an absolute beast, i feel like we are not receiving any goal for the rest of the season
— LEF HELC 💙💛 (@LEF_H1) February 20, 2020
Boly has been sensational!
— Shoeywolf 🐺💛🖤💛🖤 (@onlyoneshoey) February 20, 2020
Unbelievable how much Boly’s return aids Wolves.
Allows Doherty to plough forward with reliant cover behind him and all of a sudden RWB isn’t a significant problem in contrast to before. It’s also fantastic how well he’s adapting to RCB, ensuring Saiss a well deserved XI spot. https://t.co/awOtrppZQ5
— Jamie (@NunoPhilosophy) February 20, 2020
Boly was sublime..
— Neil Ritchie /_/ (@RitchieNeil) February 20, 2020
Boly's return has been absolutely key. #wwfc
— Malcolm Cinnamond (@thepigguy) February 20, 2020
The range of superlatives used by members of the Wolves faithful were endless, ranging from “machine” to “sublime”.
One supporter described him as an “absolute beast” and was confident that the west Midlanders wouldn’t concede again this season with him in the side whilst another claimed it was “unbelievable” how his return to the team has aided the club substantially.
Which leads on to his actual impact – three games, three clean sheets. It isn’t a coincidence, and these fans know it…
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
1 clean sheet in 15 without Boly, 3 clean sheets in 3 with him in…. Willy Boly 😍 #wwfc
— Gary Hughes (@gazhughes89) February 20, 2020
Did somebody say Willy Boly clean sheet?
3 in 3 😍 pic.twitter.com/YfatvfMKF2
— Morgs (@AdumMorgan) February 20, 2020
The 29-year-old’s display led to high acclaim with him being compared to the best centre-back in the division and even the world.
“Absolutely immense” was accompanied by the belief that Boly was the best he had ever seen for the club.
Boly proving why he’s the best Centre Back in the world yet again?
— Not Dan #FreeRoderickMiranda (@MolineuxMandem6) 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
You never know the true value of a player until you don’t have him. Wily Boly 3 games 3 clean sheets. In amongst the best centre halves in the league
— John Feetham (@JFeets01) February 20, 2020
There was even a comparison made to Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk – it wouldn’t be football Twitter without one.
Boly > Van Dijk…. Don’t even bother @ me! #wwfc 🐺🔥
— Dean Finney (@deanfinney999) February 20, 2020
Wolves host Norwich City on Sunday afternoon knowing they can probably afford to rest a few players following this resounding victory.