Willian José with Brazil in 2018
|Full name||Willian José da Silva|
|Date of birth||23 November 1991|
|Place of birth||Porto Calvo, Brazil|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
(on loan from Real Sociedad)
|2011–2012||→ São Paulo (loan)||28||(1)|
|2013||→ Grêmio (loan)||0||(0)|
|2013||→ Santos (loan)||23||(5)|
|2014||→ Real Madrid B (loan)||16||(4)|
|2014||→ Real Madrid (loan)||1||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ Zaragoza (loan)||33||(7)|
|2015–2016||→ Las Palmas (loan)||30||(9)|
|2021–||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 February 2021|
Willian José da Silva (born 23 November 1991), known as Willian José, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers, on loan from Real Sociedad.
Born in Porto Calvo, Alagoas, Willian José started his career at local CRB's youth setup, before joining Grêmio Barueri in 2008, aged 17. On 1 August 2009 he made his first team – and Série A – debut, coming on as a late substitute in a 1–2 loss at Botafogo.
Willian José scored his first goal as a professional on 17 January of the following year, netting his side's only in a 1–1 draw at Sertãozinho for the Campeonato Paulista championship. He scored six further times during the campaign, which ended in relegation.
On 13 January 2011 Willian José joined São Paulo FC. He was mostly used as a backup to Luís Fabiano and Dagoberto in his first year, and despite the latter leaving for Internacional in 2012, he was still third-choice behind new signing Osvaldo.
Grêmio / Santos
On 13 December 2012 Willian José moved to Grêmio, but after appearing rarely he signed with Santos FC in May of the following year. He appeared in 28 matches during his only season at Peixe, scoring five goals.
On 8 January 2014 Willian José moved abroad, signing a six-month deal with Real Madrid, being assigned to the reserves in Segunda División. After scoring a hat-trick in a 3–2 win at Recreativo de Huelva, he was called up for the main squad and was on the bench for the matches against Real Sociedad and UD Almería.
Willian José signed a one-year deal with Real Zaragoza in the second level on 29 August 2014. He made his debut for the club on 7 September, replacing David Muñoz in a 1–4 heavy loss at FC Barcelona B.
Willian José scored his first goal for the club on 12 October 2014, in a 3–3 away draw against CD Lugo. He also scored braces against UD Las Palmas (3–5 away defeat) and Girona FC (4–1 away win), finishing the campaign with ten goals as his side missed out promotion in the play-offs.
On 30 July 2015, Willian José signed a one-year contract with Las Palmas, newly promoted to the top tier. His first goal in the category occurred on 12 December, the game's only in a home success against Real Betis.
On 25 January 2016, Willian José scored a brace in a 2–3 loss at Levante UD. On 20 February, he scored a first-half equalizer against league leaders FC Barcelona, but the hosts would eventually lose by 1–2. He also scored the equalizer against former club Real Madrid on 13 March, but the hosts again lost by 1–2.
On 31 July 2016, Willian José signed a five-year deal with fellow league team Real Sociedad. On 21 September, he scored a double in a 4–1 home routing of former club Las Palmas.
Loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers
On 23 January 2021, he joined Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers for the remainder of the 2020–21 season, with the option to make the deal permanent at its conclusion. José made his first appearance for Wolves as a second-half substitute in a 0–0 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 27 January 2021, making a vital headed clearance of a goal-bound shot from Chelsea's Kai Havertz in the last minute of added time.
José made his debut appearance at Molineux in a Premier League fixture against Arsenal on 2 February 2021 that Wolves won 2–1, thus ensuring Wolves did the league double over Arsenal in 2020–21 for the first time since 1978–79. José won the penalty that Rúben Neves converted for the first of Wolves's two goals.
- As of 19 February 2021
|Grêmio Barueri||2009||Série A||7||0||0||0||—||0||0||7||0|
|São Paulo||2011||Série A||9||0||3||0||0||0||10[b]||1||22||1|
|Real Madrid B||2013–14||Segunda División||16||4||—||—||—||16||4|
|Real Madrid||2013–14||La Liga||1||0||0||0||—||—||1||0|
|Las Palmas||2015–16||La Liga||30||9||4||1||—||—||34||10|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||2020–21||Premier League||6||0||1||0||—||—||7||0|
- "Updated squad lists for 2020/21 Premier League". Premier League. 5 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
- André Lima dá vitória ao Botafogo contra o Barueri... Nos acréscimos (André Lima gives victory to Botafogo against Barueri... in the stoppage time); Globo Esporte, 1 August 2009 (in Portuguese)
- No interior, Sertãozinho empate com Barueri e Azulão vence Paulista (In the countryside, Sertãozinho draws with Barueri and Azulão beats Paulista); Globo Esporte, 17 January 2010 (in Portuguese)
- Willian José acerta contrato de dois anos com o São Paulo (Willian José agrees a two-year deal with São Paulo); Diário Lance!, 13 January 2011 (in Portuguese)
- Willian José confirma acerto com o Grêmio: 'Espero ser muito feliz' (Willian José confirms deal with Grêmio: 'I hope to be very happy'); Globo Esporte, 13 December 2012 (in Portuguese)
- Santos apresenta Willian José, e atacante promete muitos gols (Santos presents Willian José, and forward promises a lot of goals); Globo Esporte, 28 May 2013 (in Portuguese)
- Willian José, otro brasileño para el Real Madrid Castilla (Willian José, another Brazilian to Real Madrid Castilla); Marca, 8 January 2014 (in Spanish)
- Willian José, con un 'hat-trick', distancia al filial de la zona baja (Willian José, with a 'hat-trick', takes the reserves away from the drop zone); Marca, 15 March 2014 (in Spanish)
- Sin pena ni gloria (Unnoticed); Marca, 11 May 2014 (in Spanish)
- Willian José, nuevo refuerzo para el ataque zaragocista (Willian José, new signing for the zaragocista attack); Real Zaragoza, 29 August 2014 (in Spanish)
- El delantero William José llega cedido hasta final de temporada (Forward Willian José arrives on loan until the end of the season); UD Las Palmas, 30 July 2015 (in Spanish)
- Principio de acuerdo para el traspaso de Willian José (Agreement in principle for the transfer of Willian José); Real Sociedad, 31 July 2016 (in Spanish)
- "Willian Jose: Wolves sign Real Sociedad striker on loan". BBC Sport. 23 January 2021.
- Johnston, Neil (27 January 2021). "Chelsea 0–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Thomas Tuchel suffers a frustrating start". BBC Sport.
- "Report: Chelsea 0-0 Wolves". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
- Johnston, Neil (30 January 2021). "Crystal Palace 1–0 Wolves: Eberechi Eze scores winner". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
- Emons, Michael (2 February 2021). "Wolves 2–1: David Luiz & Bernd Leno sent off as Gunners lose". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
- Convocados para amistosos contra Rússia e Alemanha (Call-ups for friendlies against Russia and Germany); CBF, 12 March 2018 (in Portuguese)
- Willian José at Soccerway. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
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