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That’s the story of their season so far. They just draw too many matches. It’s three straight 1-1 stalemates since their stunning scalp of the reigning Premier League champions.
In that time, the club have been dealt a devastating blow with integral squad member Willy Boly suffering a severe injury during training, which will keep him out for the foreseeable future.
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To fill his void, manager Nuno Santo firstly tried Matt Doherty at centre-back, but that lasted only one half, then last time out against Arsenal, midfielder Leander Dendoncker played the full match in the role.
He didn’t perform poorly at all, aside from the error for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 21st-minute strike. The Belgian recorded six clearances, three interceptions but didn’t manage a tackle, per SofaScore.
It seems likely that Dendoncker will continue to deputise there until Nuno deems otherwise, just like with his failed Doherty experiment that lasted only 45 minutes.
There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, but these recurring decisions are starting to send a different message, particularly to his fringe and youth players.
The Portuguese native has two centre-backs primed to go on his bench in Jesus Vallejo and Max Kilman.
Now the Spaniard has certainly struggled to adapt to life in England, as seen by some of the Molineux faithful slamming his performances this season.
However, he still won the Euro U21 Championship this summer as captain, and Real Madrid thought enough of him to hand out a six-year deal.
So the potential is there to be unearthed.
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While Kilman was pinched from non-league outfit Maidenhead United, but he has barely been given a sniff, making just five senior appearances.
What must the pair be thinking – a diminutive right wing-back and now a midfielder have been selected ahead of them. It could be a pure confidence destroyer.
It is also just insulting to both of them, even more so Vallejo, who had built up an excellent reputation as mentioned above before arriving in the west Midlands.