The Chalkboard: Wolves must play Romain Saiss at centre half at Wembley

Wolves’ three-man defence has been a key system deployed by Nuno Santo since he arrived at the club and the formation has served particularly well in the Premier League.

Conor Coady and Willy Boly have been superb as part of that defensive shape but the club have encountered a dilemma when it comes to Ryan Bennett.

What’s the problem?

Bennett was excellent during the Championship winning season but has sometimes struggled for consistency stepping up a level.

The central defender missed two matches through suspension recently for collecting ten yellow cards but returned to the starting XI against Manchester United. However, despite winning 2-1, his performance was one of the worst from a Wolves perspective and only flags up his consistency in 2018/19.

During the game, he won just one of his four aerial duels and completed a solitary tackle.

So how do you solve the problem? Starting Romain Saiss over him would be the perfect answer.

Nuno has played the Moroccan in central midfield and defence this term, but the 29-year-old has flourished as part of the back three.

Stopping Deeney

The Midlands club may have tasted defeat against Burnley last week but Saiss still performed admirably in place of Bennett at centre half. He won a remarkable 10 aerial duels and completed five tackles.

It was a brilliant display from the 6 ft 1 man who after recent events simply has to play against Watford.

The Hornets play an attractive brand of football under Javi Gracia but they still have the physical presence of Troy Deeney. His performances have been severely underrated this term but by playing someone with the aerial prowess that Saiss possesses they’ll stand a better chance of nullifying that particular threat.

Bennett has been a reliable figure in the past, but the Morocco international must now overtake him in the defensive pecking order.