The Chalkboard: Wolves duo Doherty and Traore must both start against Chelsea

Wolverhampton Wanderers face a tough trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on Sunday and will have to do it without the suspended Ryan Bennett, although Nuno Santo can reward Adama Traore with a genius tactical decision.

On the chalkboard

Well, Bennett has been a regular fixture and key part of the west Midlands outfit’s back three so far this term, playing the full 90 minutes in all but one of their 29 Premier League games.

However, he will miss the trip to the capital after picking up his 10th booking of the campaign against Cardiff City last time out, which has seen him earn a two-match ban.

It leaves Nuno Santo with a big decision to make on who will fill in for the ex-Norwich City man, with Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker two potential options even if the former impressed in a midfield role against the Bluebirds.

What should he do?

Who is going to play at right centre-back isn’t the Portuguese boss’ only dilemma, with Matt Doherty surely set to return at right wing-back after he was rested against Neil Warnock’s side.

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However, Traore impressed in that position in his absence and will feel hard done by if he is dropped, and Santo should actually play both of them at the Bridge.

Doherty has the height and skill on the ball to fit seamlessly into the centre-back role, while his teammate proved against Cardiff that he is more than able defensively to play as a wing-back.

In addition, Eden Hazard of course plays from the left and with the pace and skill he has, the option to double up on him using the speedy Traore and the accomplished Doherty must be an attractive one for the Wolves boss.