The Chalkboard: Wolves must revive early season tactic to improve away form

Are Wolves finally being found out or is there superb first season back in the top flight simply catching up with them?

It’s a concern that will be on the minds of many of the Molineux faithful, but with their season in danger of petering out, they need to do something to ensure their Wembley hangover doesn’t filter deeper than it already has.

The club have been a fantastic story this season and their performances against the top sides have been admirable. However, against poorer teams and on the road, particularly of late, they have been made to look very average.

As a result, what should they do to try and improve their fortunes?

On the chalkboard

Nuno Santo’s favoured three-man defensive system is very unlikely to change but a slight switch in formation, reverting back to something they did earlier in the 2018/19 campaign is needed.

In recent times Nuno has prefered to play two men in attack. However, this switch from previously playing Raul Jimenez as the lone striker has been detrimental.

Although their attacking displays have looked more potent with the improved form of Diogo Jota in 2019, defensively they’ve been extremely poor.

Earlier in the season, Wolves played two men off of Jimenez and had two players sitting in midfield, either side of the wing backs.

It was a system that seemed to produce the best results on the road for the Midlands club, picking up points in their first three away trips of the term. Most impressively, it earned them results at both Old Trafford and the Emirates with the game against Arsenal being one they should have claimed three points from.

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As a result, they need to go back to doing the same. It would be a drastic move to completely overhaul a system that has been so efficient, so reverting to a 3-4-3 that worked in the early stages of their Premier League return would make the most sense.

With Ruben Neves attracting the interest of Liverpool, moving to this formation could also help them prepare for life without the Portuguese star by playing Joao Moutinho and Leander Dendoncker as the midfield pairing.

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