Roderick Miranda signed a four-year contract to join Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship and believes the side can challenge for promotion.
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ new signing Roderick Miranda, or Roderick, as he simply likes to be called, spoke this week about his excitement at coming to England to play for Wolves and to better himself in the process.
Roderick is confident that Wolves can do well next season and he likes what he sees. “It was an easy decision to sign for Wolves. It’s a big club in the Championship. It’s a club with big ambitions and I’m a player with big ambitions,” he said on the Wolves’ website. “It was an easy decision to make.”
“With the team, I want to achieve the goals of the team – perhaps to go to the Premier League, to finish as high as possible in the Championship and to win as many games as possible.”
A confident defender
Wolves are believed to have splashed £2.5m on Roderick, according to the Express and Star, and while the Midland’s club might not have the spending power of rivals Aston Villa, and the recent casualties from the Premier League, such as Hull City and Sunderland, this sends the message that they are investing a confident ball-playing defender who has a solid continental style.
If Roderick can push forward and help turn Wolves into a more positive team, that is not afraid to play out strongly from defence, they could start to find some momentum that would give them a chance of competing with the better sides in the league. In which case, the transfer fee would be money well spent.
Wolves were fairly strong in defence last season letting in 58 goals which was only bettered by six teams, but they lost 20 games out of their 46 matches and they needed a back four that can get up the field and better contribute to attacks.
Roderick has prior knowledge of working with Wolves’ new manager Nuno Espirito Santos. He was a player at Rio Ave for four years before coming to Wolves, and Nuno was the coach there during his second season.
Roderick started his career at Odivelas before joining Benfica as a nine-year-old and going out on loan to Sevette and Deportivo La Coruña.