Conor Coady, Romain Saiss and Willy Boly all left Molineux during the transfer window, with only Collins arriving as a replacement, which was perhaps always likely to leave the Old Gold short at the back.
While Collins and Max Kilman have shown that they can be a strong partnership in Wolves’ early Premier League games, with three clean sheets in total, there is a serious lack of depth at centre-back.
The club missed out on West Ham‘s Craig Dawson on transfer deadline day, while they also turned down the chance to sign Jason Denayer on a free transfer, which may have to be revisited after Collins’ horror tackle.
The Republic of Ireland international was shown a straight red for a high challenge on Jack Grealish, which will see him miss upcoming Premier League games against West Ham, Chelsea and Nottingham Forest.
Given that Wolves have won just one of their opening Premier League games, it is a huge blow for Lage to be without his main centre-back partnership for these fixtures, particularly with tough games to come.
In the 3-0 defeat against Manchester City, Lage opted to deploy Ruben Neves at centre-back following Collins’ sending off, which perhaps emphasises that he does not completely trust either Yerson Mosquera or Toti to come in.
Mosquera has just one substitute appearance in the Carabao Cup to his name, while Toti has played only four Premier League games, so neither are ideal replacements for Collins in the upcoming fixtures.
While it is only three games in this scenario, an injury to Collins or Kilman could be a serious worry for Lage due to the lack of Premier League experience at his disposal, which suggests that his bold decision not to sign another centre-back during the summer has already backfired.