Bennett could be in danger if Wolves sign a defender this summer

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Wolves will head into a new Premier League season with largely the same squad if Wolves Bite are to be believed.

They claim that Nuno Santo is looking to keep his options thin again, despite the proposition of a run in the Europa League being on the table.

Wolves’ squad last term was a tight-knit unit that did well without really suffering from major injury troubles.

With more games next season that could be difficult to maintain, but if the reported plans they do have are fulfilled, it could leave one man in danger.

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Also apart of Wolves Bite’s report were three areas they were looking to sign players in this summer. According to them, they’re in the market to add a striker, a defender and a midfielder to their ranks whilst the transfer window is open.

Edson Alvarez and Ezri Konsa have already been touted as potential additions at centre half whilst earlier in the summer Mouctar Diakhaby was also the subject of interest.

However, if Wolves do bring another defender to the club it has the possibility to have large consequences for Ryan Bennett.

Out of Wolves’ three-man defensive line, the 6 ft 2 centre-back is likely to be the most in danger of becoming out of favour under Nuno Santo in 2019/20.

He has been a steady player but if a new defender does arrive, it feels unlikely that Conor Coady, the club captain, would be removed from the set-up whilst you’d have to doubt whether Willy Boly could be replaced either.

The latter was Wolves’ best defender statistically last term, winning 2.4 tackles per game and also winning 3.8 aerial duels. Alongside that, he made 4.8 clearances per 90 minutes.

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Although Coady’s numbers aren’t great, it would seem natural that Bennett could be the one to make way.

At 29, he isn’t in bad shape to carry on in the side but he is one of the elder statesmen of the team now and could be forced to play a more regular part on the bench if a new defender walks through the door.

Bennett was behind even Romain Saiss in terms of tackles and interceptions last season whilst he played two fewer games than Boly and four less than Coady in the Premier League.

A new defensive signing, therefore, could force him to the back of Nuno’s mind.

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