Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Rui Patricio has been reflecting on his time at the club to date.
Speaking to the Express and Star, Patricio revealed that he feels his game has improved thanks to the challenges of the Premier League.
The 31-year-old joined the club last summer after terminating his contract at Sporting Lisbon, with the clubs later agreeing a £15m fee for his services.
The Portuguese international has started all but two of the clubs league matches this season, keeping six clean sheets in the process and making 89 saves.
He, of course, took the role of first-choice ‘keeper from ex-England international John Ruddy, who has instead featured in cup competitions for the Molineux club this season.
With his age and experience in the game, including 79 international caps to his name, you would think that there is not much more the stopper would be able to learn.
However, he disagrees, stating that he is still picking up new skills every day in training.
Every match, every training session is an opportunity for me to evolve and to improve. So, at the end of my first year here, I’ve noticed some rapid growth because it’s a new competition, everything is completely different. The game is different, the tactics are different, the technique is different. It’s been a very good experience. I take advantage of every game and of every training session to grow, to evolve. I will continue to do that. In every training session, I want to develop. I’m happy with the initial phase that I’ve had here. Of course, I’m very happy to be doing well but I still want to do better. I want to adapt further. Every day in every training session, in every game, I want to do better.
Patricio is likely to be between the sticks when Wolves host Brighton and Hove Albion this Saturday.
Five other Wolves players who have improved significantly this season
Boly is part of the defensive trio that has stood Wolves in such good stead this term, alongside Conor Coady and Ryan Bennett.
The Portuguese international has scored seven Premier League goals this season and formed an impressive partnership with Raul Jimenez up top
Doherty has impressed with his attacking capabilities as well as defensively this season, contributing seven goals and four assists in all competitions this term.
The central midfielder has enjoyed another fantastic year, leading to him being linked with a move to Liverpool amongst other elite clubs
The Wolves captain has been instrumental in the club’s impressive defensive record, with many calling for him to be involved in Gareth Southgate’s England plans.
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