In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull, who is a Wolves Hall of Famer, has claimed that Conor Coady’s newfound goal threat is down to Nuno Espirito Santo telling him to get forward more often.
Coady got his first goal for England on his debut for the Three Lions in a 3-0 win against Wales and since then he has also found the net for the first time in the Premier League.
The Wolves captain netted for the first time in the top flight when he made it 1-1 against Manchester City at the Etihad, but they did end up losing the game.
Speaking on where this newfound willingness to go forward has come through and what subtle tweak Nuno made to make it happen, Bull told FFC:
“I think Coady used to be one of these sweeper defenders because we’ve got Willy Boly, Romain Sais and Dendonker who go up for corners, so why does Coady need to?
“He’s been more of a threat than the others to be fair, so I think it’s down to Nuno – he would’ve said to him ‘you’ve got the freedom to go forward’.
“We get the little defenders sitting back rather than the big one because you’d rather have your threat in front of goal instead of with their back to your own goal.”
In the four matches Coady has played for England, Southgate has trusted him to play the full 90 minutes.