Jackie McNamara has been left raving over Wolves centre back Willy Boly and says that he has been a fantastic acquisition for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Wolves and Scotland defender says that the French powerhouse has settled into England comfortably and that he has been a crucial part of the club’s success over the last couple of years.

Boly initially arrived at Molineux on loan from Portuguese giants Porto back in 2017, before turning his move permanent a year later after winning the Championship title and promotion to the Premier League.

Having seen the 28-year-old powerhouse net a late winner in the club’s Europa League clash against Besiktas on Thursday evening, McNamara was left raving over his abilities at the heart of the defence while also insisting Wolves will get over their early-season slump.

McNamara told Football Insider: “He’s been a great signing. I think he’s been really good, he’s settled into the team very well. He looks a real strong defender.

“Wolves will be fine. They’ve got more than enough players there that will jump up the table and do well. The Europa League is good on one side but the league is the priority. They’re playing Thursday, Sunday – maybe not what they’re used to over the last year.

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“It’s about a squad. If one or two drop out, can you cover? You get players to come in and fill that, especially when you’re playing in the cup competitions.” 

Boly is closing in on making 100 appearances since arriving at Molineux, with Thursday’s outing his 91st game for the club.

He has been a mainstay for Wolves across all competitions this season, playing 13 times and missing just one Premier League game as a result of suspension.

In other Wolves news, Darren Bent has claimed that the club are “desperate” to hang on to a midfielder that rival clubs are circling for.