A key area for improvement going into the 2019/20 season for Wolves will be bettering their defence.
Willy Boly and Conor Coady were both extremely solid figures but there are still some question marks over Ryan Bennett and Romain Saiss.
In games against some of the clubs down the bottom half of the table, Nuno Santo’s men were caught out. Yet against the best teams in the country they appeared to be more defensively resolute.
Considering the calibre of opposition it’s a bizarre occurrence.
However, in signing Mouctar Diakhaby who has attracted the interest of Wolves, they could put that problem to bed.
After leaving Lyon for Valencia last season the Frenchman has been an extremely consistent performer in Spain, even starring against Arsenal in the Europa League.
Given the traits he possesses, if he does arrive he could well be the man to dislodge Boly down the line.
In La Liga last term, Diakhaby managed 4.2 clearances per game. It’s a stat that comes incredibly close to Boly who made on average 4.8. Overall, the former made 94 over the entire league season in just 22 appearances.
The comparisons between their no-nonsense style is clear to see and in games that require Wolves to put in a backs to the wall performance, this will be key.
On one occasion in 2018/19, the Valencia defender completed 11 clearances in a 2-2 draw with Levante. He displayed brilliant consistency in terms of clearances, making six in four separate matches. The youngster completed a further seven in three other games.
One of the 22-year-old’s best tallies came in a meeting against Real Madrid when Diakhaby completed eight clearances in an impressive 2-1 victory.
Although Wolves didn’t struggle against the top sixes last season, it provides a glimpse of his ability to perform on the big stage, something that will obviously play into their hands.
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What’s also important to note is how his style can benefit the way Wolves play.
Nuno sets his team up to counter and considering the number of times Diakhaby clears the ball, he can play a huge part in setting the attack up quicker, or at the very least moving Wolves up the pitch.