After seeing his side draw 1-1 against Newcastle United in their latest Premier League game, Wolves boss, Bruno Lage, revealed that he had selected Boly to be in the squad, but the defender remarkably didn’t show up for the match.
He said: “Nottingham Forest are closing in on their 19th summer signing: talks now progressing to final stages for Willy Boly as new centre back, it’s really close.
“Forest hope to get it done in 24h to agree with Wolves and then complete medical.”
If Forest can conclude a deal for the Wolves defender, they could be adding one of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders to their armoury, one who has previously been described as a “monster” by Conor Coady.
Indeed, his defensive statistics certainly paint him in a bright light, with the 31-year-old ending his previous league campaign with an average of 2.5 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 3.5 clearances per game, putting him in the top five for each metric at Wolves.
This shows just what he’d be able to offer Steve Cooper’s side at the back.
Forest have faced more shots at goal (78) than any other side in the division at this stage of the season, so adding some defensive reinforcement, particularly one as experienced in the top-flight as Boly, would be a smart move.
The Ivory Coast international received some intriguing praise from Joleon Lescott back in 2020 when he had this to say about the player.
“He’s outstanding. His physical presence is unique and he has the agility and ability to get back [defensively]. He’s been instrumental in this team since he came to the club.”
Despite his questionable behaviour in not arriving to Wolves’ last game, this is a situation that Forest should now pounce on. Indeed, with the player now seemingly on the verge of a move to the City Ground, it’s time for supporters to get excited yet again.
Based on his previous exploits in the Premier League, also being dubbed as a “scary” opponent by Coady, he’d be a tremendous 19th acquisition.