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Wolves’ Premier League season didn’t start in the best possible way last weekend as they were subjected to one of the first controversial VAR calls of the season.
Leander Dendoncker looked to have given Nuno Santo’s side the lead, only for the goal to be ruled out because of a new handball rule.
As a result, the game was drawn 0-0 as both teams held firm in defence.
The black and gold were excellent on the counter-attack last term, particularly against some of the best sides, achieving 16 points against top-six opposition.
However, it was their defence that stood out most as the new term started.
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As a result of their defensive display against the Foxes, Wolves may have to continue to leave Jesus Vallejo out.
Against Leicester he wasn’t included in the squad but it surely won’t be too long before the Real Madrid man features in the Premier League.
Arriving on loan from La Liga over the summer, it wouldn’t have been a great surprise to see him slot straight into the defence.
Ryan Bennett looked the most likely to drop out given Conor Coady is the skipper and Willy Boly’s resolute nature. Yet, the former was superb against Leicester which means Vallejo may have to suffer on the sidelines for a little longer.
There is no doubting the Spaniard’s pedigree. After all, he was one of the players win the European U21 Championships this summer.
However, the dogged and perhaps rather surprising performance of Bennett and the rest of the defence on week one of the Premier League makes it difficult to see how Vallejo starts against Manchester United on Monday evening.
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It was a resilient performance against a Leicester team boasting numerous creative outlets and it showed he does indeed have the ability to step up.
On evidence this season, it could be a hard task for Vallejo to make an instant impact.
The positive for him, however, will be the fact that he’s far more likely to get game time as a result of Nuno’s preferred three-man defensive unit.