Wolves have been solid defensively this season, but dropped from those relatively high standards this weekend when they fell to a 2-1 defeat at QPR.
That could be all the encouragement Nuno Espirito Santo needs to bring back centre-back Willy Boly for tonight’s game at Norwich.
The Frenchman, who is rated at £3.15m by Transfermarkt missed eight games with a hamstring injury before returning to the bench at Loftus Road and you’d have to say he should start tonight. Boly is a hugely imposing figure and brings pace and physicality to the back three that is sometimes lacking.
It would undoubtedly be harsh on Danny Batth or Roderick Miranda, probably the former, who would drop out – but that’s football. Boly is the best defender at the club in the eyes of many and performed well before his injury. He combines his impressive physical attributes with a comfort on the ball, so it’s easy to see why he was signed by Porto.
Santo may have been reluctant to make such a decision this weekend, after his back three had performed so heroically against Manchester City, but it was a different story at QPR. Batth was caught out of position for the first goal, even though it was a lucky break for the R’s, whereas Miranda was beaten by the giant Matt Smith for the winner.
Whilst both were minor errors, they have a big impact and those fine margins make all the difference. With Cameron Jerome almost certain to start for the Canaries tonight, Santo would be best served bringing Boly back to combat his strengths.
There’s a healthy competition at Wolves in central defence, with the likes of Ryan Bennett and Kortney Hause also very good defenders at this level, but Boly seems the standout and now he is fit the big man should get his place back in the team.
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