Last season, Wolves sometimes had to often operate with four defenders instead of three and two wing-backs with Romain Saiss and Willy Boly picking up niggling injuries throughout the campaign, and former striker Steve Bull would like to see new signing Yerson Mosquera start at the back going forward.
Wolves conceded 52 goals during a turbulent campaign at Molineux and that was the most they had let in since returning to the Premier League, with their two previous campaigns, when they had a consistent defence, seeing them concede just 40 and 46 goals respectively.
Bruno Lage looked to address this obvious problem immediately with the signing of 20-year-old centre back Mosquera, who arrived for just £4.5 million, but considering his age and lack of first-team experience, it remains to be seen whether or not Lage will throw him in at the deep end for their opening game of the season against Leicester in August.
Mosquera would bring a fresh pair of eyes to a defence that has been the exact same since their Championship-winning season and with Lage likely to play 4-4-2, that leaves one less spot for the centre backs to fight for, and Bull would love to see Mosquera start next season as he exclusively told Football FanCast:
“He’s a young boy who is about six foot one, so I’d like to see him in there with Coady and Boly, and to give Saiss a run for his money, but he might be one for the future.”
Wolves became very much accustomed to playing with three at the back and having that extra bit of protection under Nuno Espirito Santo, but Lage appears to prefer a more attacking and expansive style of football with his 4-4-2 system and high pressing forwards and central midfielders.
Success will be difficult to judge this season at Molineux as they may well go through another transitional period with a new manager coming in with new ideas and wanting different types of players.