Captain Conor Coady insists new Wolves signing Jesus Vallejo has fit in ‘seamlessly’ and believes his capture from Real Madrid is a symbol of the club’s ambition.
Vallejo, 22, has joined on a season-long loan from the Bernabeu giants and trained with his new team-mates on Monday morning.
“He had his first training session this morning and he fit in seamlessly,” said Coady. “We’ve got quite a lot of Spanish and Portuguese players here so he fit in like a hand in a glove, he really did. He’s a lovely kid, and I think it goes to show what the club want to do and where they want to go if they’re signing players from Real Madrid. I think it’s exciting to see.”
Vallejo’s arrival strengthen Nuno Espirito Santo’s options in defence and he will be compete for a place with established centre back trio Coady, Ryan Bennett and Willy Bolly. Coady is relishing seeing what the new man can bring.
“It’s brilliant. It’s not about competition – we’re all here to help this club move forward, we really are,” the skipper told Football Daily. “It doesn’t matter if someone is a centre half or central midfielder. We’re all here with one goal and that’s to help this club move forward and that’s what we want to do.”
Now Coady is looking forward to seeing Vallejo perform his initiation ceremony – singing a song in front of the squad.
“No, he hasn’t done it yet, so he’ll have to sing a song at some point. He best not sing the Spanish national anthem!” joked Coady.
Meanwhile, Coady admits Wolves’ return leg of their Europa League second qualifying round game at Crusaders could be a pain in the grass.
The tie will be played on the north Belfast club’s 4G artificial pitch – Wolves’ first such experience since the late 1980s – as the team seeks to preserve and add to their 2-0 first leg win.
“It’s still going to be tough going there. It’s astroturf,” said Coady. “We know what we need to do and we need to just go there and do that professionally. We need to play how we know we can and get the result we need.”
There was a home sell-out for the first leg of just under 30,000 at Molineux and Coady was delighted with the atmosphere for Wolves’ first competitive European game for nearly 40 years.
“It was a brilliant occasion and how we wanted to start the campaign,” added the skipper. “We knew Molineux would be rocking. It was a sell-out and we couldn’t wait to get out there.
“We’d prefer to have start like this – hot summer nights because it means you are doing something right. Friendlies can do your head in. It would have been nice to go there with a couple more goals but we didn’t take the chances. It was always going to be tough but that second goal was huge. We probably deserved a few more but getting that second goal was massive.”