Lopetegui urged to give minutes to Moutinho on Saturday amid exit rumours
Former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray has raved over Joao Moutinho, calling him one of the best signings the club has ever made.
The veteran midfielder was a topic of discussion on Wolves Weekly ahead of this weekend’s game with Everton.
Wanderers are looking to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Julen Lopetegui will want to see a response, especially in the final home game of the season.
Saturday’s game will be very interesting, because there is uncertainty around a number of Wolves players at the moment.
A few players could well be turning out for Wolves for the final time at Molineux.
One such player is Moutinho. It was reported earlier this week that he is unlikely to be offered a new contract by the club.
If these last two games are to be Moutinho’s last, then hopefully he’ll be able to feature fairly prominently.
Because this is a player that has been a quite simply brilliant signing for the club.
In the eyes of Murray, he’s one of the best players in the club’s history.
He said: “I hope he gets some sort of minutes because we’re safe. Of course you want to win the game, but the Wolves fans will want to show him that respect.
“He has to go down as one of the best Premier League signings Wolves have ever made. Because of what he cost, what he’s done, the standards he’s meant to have set behind the scenes. I just loved watching him.
“If you ask Ruben Neves, I bet he said he’s been a massive influence on his time at Wolves.”
Joao Moutinho should start for Wolves against Everton on Saturday, or at least get decent minutes
It would be great to see Moutinho featuring fairly prominently in these last two games.
Most people believe he’ll be moving on this summer when his contract expires.
It has all been very quiet in terms of a potential new deal for the 36-year-old, which is perhaps ominous.
If Moutinho is going to depart then hopefully he gets a reception befitting of his quality, longevity and influence on the club.
The man has been a pleasure to watch.
His powers have waned in recent times. But he is still one of the best players ever to pull on the Wolves shirt.