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Wolves: Nuno doesn’t need to solve curious dilemma

After a week of football which saw Diogo Jota score five goals in two games, a debate has risen around Molineux.

Tim Spiers – The Athletic’s Wolves correspondent – tweeted about how Nuno Espirito Santo hadn’t used the 3-5-2 system since a 4-0 win over Besiktas in the Europa League, a game in which Jota netted a hat-trick.

Then, when the Portuguese coach resurrected the same system for the Round of 32 clash against Espanyol, Jota popped up with another hat-trick – tellingly, his first goals in all competitions since that Besiktas game.

What’s the debate?

Well, while it is evident that Jota likes 3-5-2 – Spiers mentions that the former Atletico Madrid man prefers a central role – that specific formation does not accommodate one other deadly Wolves star in Adama Traore.

If Nuno uses the 3-5-2, it means that the former Barcelona flyer has to operate as a right wing-back, as there is only space in attack for Jota and the arguably undroppable Raul Jimenez, who has 31 goals involvements this term.

What should be Nuno's Plan A?

3-5-2 with Jota

3-5-2 with Jota

3-4-3 with Traore

3-4-3 with Traore

Of course, it can be presumed that any manager wants to obtain the maximum from his best players – however, here’s why Nuno doesn’t need a perfect solution to this apparent dilemma.

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How often does Plan A tend to work for a football club?

If you have a well-documented style of playing, opposition managers will make it the focus of their pre-match presentation in an attempt to nullify it.

Of course, sometimes they cannot stop it. However, the opposite can happen and that Plan A becomes stifled.

With this in mind, that is why Nuno mustn’t fret over trying to squeeze Jota and Traore into the same side, for there is no need.

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He must simply choose one system to begin the game and see how that works out, and if things go array, he can just as easily bring Jota – or Traore, depending on the system – off the bench to try something new in the game.

As much has been made of this topic, it shouldn’t be one that causes Nuno sleepless nights – if anything, it’s a good thing.

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