The Portuguese flyer has been in inspired form in his debut season at Wolves, but the full-back deserves credit too.
There will be short odds on Helder Costa winning Wolves’ Player of the Season award.
In a troubling campaign comprising of managerial instability, a sudden change of ownership and a raft of underperforming signings, the Portuguese wildcard has been a consistently bright spark.
No one in Paul Lambert’s side has more assists. And only evergreen midfield poacher Dave Edwards has found the net more times than Costa’s nine this season. When he’s fit and firing, Wolves are a different beast, growing and snarling.
Costa was a blur of gold in that historic FA Cup fourth round win at Anfield, setting up both goals to ensure that club record £13 million deal from Benfica looks money well spent – especially if Wolves earn a quick profit in the summer with Premier League clubs sniffing around.
However, Costa’s nearest challenger for the end of season gong may not be a highly-rated import Jorge Mendes helped bring to the Midlands.
Versatile, Dublin-born right-back Matt Doherty did not rock up at the Molineux from Benfica or Monaco. Instead, he rose through the Wolves youth academy and, after loan spells with Bury and Hibernian, has become indispensable to Paul Lambert.
Solid on the right of defence and occasionally superb on the left, Doherty had previously scored just four goals in his entire Wolves career. However, he has matched that tally already this season alone. Add another four assists to his name and the 25-year-old is one of the most dangerous attacking threats in Lambert’s squad.
In fact, he’s currently the club’s fourth highest goalscorer this season with more strikes to his name than John Dadi Bodvarsson, Nouha Dicko and Paul Gladon combined and is often the team’s most consistent creative threat – all that from full-back.
Maybe Costa should think twice about clearing some space on his mantelpiece.
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