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Wolves are on the hunt for a defender this summer according to Wolves Bite.
It isn’t necessarily an area you’d assume they need to improve in given they conceded fewer goals than Arsenal and Manchester United last season, but as they gear up for a second successive campaign in the Premier League, they could need all the bodies they can get.
One of Wolves’ stalwarts over the last couple of years has been Conor Coady. The club captain didn’t possess the greatest stats last season, but he was still a rock in the middle of Nuno’s back three.
He epitomises what the club has become, but Ezri Konsa, who has been the subject of interest from the Midlands outfit per The Times, is statistically superior in one specific area.
Both players are particularly good with the ball at their feet, boasting the ability to play out from defence with confidence and ease.
Coady completed 84.3% of his passes over the course of 2018/19, establishing himself as one of the key cogs in the Wolves system.
However, Konsa completed 87.7% of his passes in the Championship in comparison to the Wolves centre-half.
It’s a higher number and could leave Nuno pondering who would be a better option if the 21-year-old Brentford man did indeed join.
He is a cultured centre half and for the same reasons Coady gets into the Wolves team, Konsa would be ideal for their Portuguese manager and the system he deploys.
Whether or not he could fit two ball-playing centre-backs alongside Willy Boly remains to be seen, but there is a certain logic to suggest it could work well considering he’s a more physical defender.
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There was one particular aspect that Coady was stronger in, however, playing 6.4 long balls per game. Konsa, on the other hand, only played 2.5, which perhaps demonstrates he likes to keep things on the floor.
The consistency from the England U21 international was quite brilliant and in a day of modern defenders who like to play the ball on the ground, he would be a clever addition for the way Wolves play.