The Chalkboard: Conor Coady must be given time to recharge

Conor Coady has been one of Wolves’ key players this season. He’s had an extremely impressive first season in the Premier League that’s even had him in the discussion for an England place.

However, Gareth Southgate shut down claims he should be in the side, citing Wolves’ three–at-the-back formation as the reason.

But having played every minute of every Wolves match in the Premier League this season, the sheer number of minutes the captain has clocked up could now be catching up on him.

As such, he and his club should consider dropping him this weekend in order for the 26-year-old to recharge his batteries.

Performance levels dropping

Wolves have been terrific in 2018/19 but in recent weeks, barring a win over Manchester United, have shown signs of slowing down.

It’s understandable given the effort they’ve put in this term. They’ve claimed 13 points from the Premier League’s top six sides, but a defeat to Watford has called some things into question.

Their loss last weekend in the FA Cup semi-final underlined some key problems, no less than their lack of plan B and ineffective substitutions.

But one of their biggest strengths in Coady may now be becoming a weakness too. This isn’t to say that he should be dropped permanently, but with the club now having less to play for he is deserving of a rest.

He was unfortunate to score an own goal against Burnley, but even then his performance wasn’t too great. Against Watford, meanwhile, he was bullied by the presence of Troy Deeney.

What goes under the radar, is that Willy Boly has statistically been better than the man he plays alongside. Coady only makes 0.9 tackles per game, compared to Boly’s 2.3. He’s also down in terms of interceptions and blocks per game compared to his French teammate.

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Other candidates at centre half in Romain Saiss and Ryan Bennett also boast better tackling and interception stats.

There is no denying Coady’s influence on the team and it would a huge surprise to see the captain dropped, but given Wolves’ poor form away from home, they should experiment with something different against Southampton.