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Wolves 1-2 Everton: Verdict Thread

Johnny75

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I do - looking better and better going forward, but defending, he gives loads of space, poor in the air, weak in the tackle - he does feel more like a WB (same for RAN), recruited for a 5 but now in a 4 where there is more defensive work to be done.
It was the perfect time to play a 3-5-2 last night but Nuno chose a diamond for some reason so I think he’s consigning 3 at the back to the bin.
 

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How does he look “better and better going forward”? Can you provide examples?

Genuinely interested, because this is the line that I’ve read a lot, but when I watch the games it just doesn’t translate.
Jinky, darling - we must be watching different games - there are loads of times he has overlapped, played nice triangles with the midfielders, or set one of the wide players away - he's also had a few shots on goal that required saving.
 

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Semedo did nothing a WB. Was still rubbish defensively (because in a wolves team you still have to defend) and he offered nothing going forward because he can’t do it on his own, that’s not his game, he’s not a winger. When he’s afforded space to overlap he looks good even if nothing actually comes at the end of it.

It’s like when people said “play Vinagre LW” err no. He was literally terrible going forward. A few step over do not make you a winger.

Semedo hasn’t been bad of late. He’s actually looked good in the FB position for the reasons I’ve mentioned, but yes he doesn’t stop crosses and gets beat easily. Still this isn’t the reason we conceded yesterday.

My biggest issue, is that he doesn’t really look noticeably better than Hoever at either end. Which makes the £27m+ look very bad business
 

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I sit between both of the opinions in that we have lost Raul and Fabio is years away from being ready so we need an adequate plan B.

That may well be a CM/ ACM if MGW doesn’t pan out, at least one more wide/ inside forward and a dominant CB if Boly is not going to do it.

I think there’s a larger problem at FB as you can see we are deliberately allowing crosses to come in with minimal pressure and trying to defend from there. That can’t continue as we can’t defend the cross in the air.
Yeah, I get that for sure. I think I am slightly in the camp that as long as Raul is fine, Silva will be fine as back up IMO next season. He's had a decent chunk of minutes in a fairly short space of time, once Adama and Podence are fit, and Cutrone/forwars signing are up to speed, we can give him a breather. It's just a bit relentless for now for him, but he'll be stronger for it once he has the chance to reflect, work in training for a sustained period and also bulk up a bit.

To be fair, in open we play we didn't really concede huge chances from crosses in open play. The goal is more of a cut back from the switch of play anyway, but the crosses from deep wide areas are not so much of a concern. Keane's header is very, very good but Donck has to realise the situation is not the same where there are a lot more bodies in the box at this point straight after a set piece and then Saiss just has to defend better anyway.
 
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I’m completely on board with this being a transition season, and I’m fine with spending the money on Silva - the club have scouted him extensively and Nuno thinks he can be our striker to get us/keep us in the top 4 for years to come.

he shouldn’t be playing 80 minutes at the moment though, he’s not ready and it’s not fair on him. He was physically shattered yesterday and should have come off at the same time as MGW. Cutrone is physically far more able to compete, and if he’s limited to ten minutes a game will moan again - I just don’t understand what we’re doing with them at the moment.

Donk can’t play the breaking midfielder role we’re asking of him. He’s finishing is bloody awful and he doesn’t create anything. He’s fine in a two where we’re asking him to run around a lot and shield the defence but the one where he sliced his shot from a good pass on the edge of the area for example, if he’d not been there, we would have kept moving the ball until someone else could shoot. He’s a hindrance at that end of the pitch.

Semedo was fine last night. We ask our full backs to pull inside so the switch of play will always catch us out if the opposition winger plays really wide. And it wasn’t him that was beaten for the winning cross either.

I thought MGW had a good game given his lack of game time, I’m looking forward to seeing him get game time.
 
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