The Chinese striker had the final match of the memorable 2018/19 season when he scored and helped Espanyol win tickets to the
Europa League next season.
In round 38, the final round of La Liga in the 2018/19 season, Espanyol played at home and won a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad. They finished the tournament in 7th place and won the last ticket to attend the Europa League next season.
In this match, Wu Lei missed many chances in the first half. He put the ball into the net in the 38th minute but failed to get a goal because he fell into offside. However, the 27-year-old striker has scored a goal 2-0 in the second half, thereby having the third goal in La Liga.
“Wu Lei has overcome difficulties and became the best Asian player in La Liga this season. Takashi Inui, a Japanese player, with Deportivo has 2 goals this season,” Sina said.
According to statistics, among Asian players playing in the top five European championships, the number of goals Wu Lei has is just behind the star Son Heung-min (Tottenham, 12 goals) and money. Ji Dong-won religion (Augsburg, 4 goals).
However, Wu Lei joined Espanyol in early 2019 and played half of the season, while the other players played perfectly. The 27-year-old striker played 16 matches, including 12 appearances in the starting lineup.
In addition to three goals, Wu Lei created a penalty of 11 meters and had an assist line. The goal of overcoming Real Sociedad has helped the Chinese striker’s team win the final ticket to the Europa League.
Since coming to Spain, Wu Lei has continuously set a record with home football. He became the first Chinese player to score in La Liga after kicking off Real Valladolid in the 26th round. In the following round, Wu Lei made the first assist for Facundo Ferreyra to score against Athletic Bilbao.
Next season, in addition to participating in Spanish domestic leagues, Wu Lei and his teammates will attend the European Cup. This is the turning point of 27-year-old striker in the journey to conquer new milestones in his career.