In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull, who made 561 appearances for Wolves, believes a lot of players aren’t strong enough for the Premier League as they get pushed off the ball too easily.
It is well documented that Wolves have signed a high number of Portuguese players such as Pedro Neto, Fabio Silva and Daniel Podence who are currently at the club with the former losing possession once tackled 57 times from 119 attempted dribbles, the second most at Wolves.
Silva has struggled for goals and form this season as he has struggled to find his feet in the Premier League and come to terms with the physicality in England.
Speaking on why a lot of young players from the continent struggle when they first arrive in the Premier League and who they should look to for inspiration, Bull told FFC:
“I think there are quite a few youngsters these days like Fabio Silva who need to know it’s not all about weight and muscle, you haven’t got to be the biggest person but you have got to have some muscle.
“You’ve got to be able to stand your ground and if anybody comes behind you and tries to rugby tackle you, then you’ve got to be able to stay on your two feet.
“Some of our players seem as though they just fall over and you look at Podence, Jota, Traore and Jimenez they don’t get knocked off the ball, they’re solid. All the players below them have got to take a leaf out of their book, but don’t go massive so you can’t run.”
Wolves have had to adjust the way they approach games without their output and talisman, Raul Jimenez, who has been out injured for the majority of the season with a fractured skull.