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When Willian Jose hangs up his boots and looks back on his career his forgettable loan spell at Wolves will be little more than a five-month blot on his otherwise unblemished copybook. 

The Brazilian target man has found the net at a reliable rate throughout his nomadic career, hitting double figures in all four of his La Liga seasons at Real Sociedad. 

And since joining Real Betis on loan a month ago, Jose has hit the ground running under Manuel Pellegrini, his free-scoring displays in green and white making that disastrous stint in the Black Country seem even more like a blip on his record. 

Your Club’s WORST Debut This Season

Your Club’s WORST Debut This Season

Why did Willian Jose flop so spectacularly at Wolves?

After opening his account for Los Verdiblancos in last week’s 2-2 draw with Espanyol, Willian Jose was at it again in midweek.

His goal in the 3-1 win at Osasuna, clipped brilliantly over the goalkeeper with the outside of his boot from 20 yards, was the sort of impudent, instinctive finish Wolverhampton Wanderers fans would more readily associate with Raul Jimenez. 

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And with confidence coursing through his veins, Jose was never going to pass up a pair of golden opportunities that fell straight into his lap on Sunday afternoon.

Lashing home the opener before doubling his tally with a second-half tap-in against Getafe, the 6ft 2in Samba striker took his tally to four goals in three games – or four goals in seven days, if you will. 

That’s three more than he managed in 18 games – half a season – in the Old Gold of Wolves. No wonder the Black Country giants opted not to trigger the £18 million option-to-buy clause in his contract.

“I did not expect this start,” Jose told Marca after putting a winless, pointless, feckless Getafe to the sword.

Neither did we, Willian.  

“My intention was to adapt as quickly as possible and train hard with my teammates. I’m very happy with my start and I hope to continue like this.” 

Strikers. They’re a strange, unpredictable bunch.

Just to add to the frustration, Rafa Mir has now scored in each of his past two games since leaving Wolves too.

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