The signing of Nelson Semedo from Barcelona in the summer was a big coup.
It’s not often Wolves acquire someone from that part of the world, so it was an exciting transfer. It was an ambitious one too, especially for a club with no European football.
Unfortunately, though, it’s one that hasn’t worked out. Semedo is becoming increasingly suspect defensively but we shouldn’t be overly surprised.
There was a huge warning regarding his qualities during the summer when the right-back was part of the Barca XI that were dispatched 8-2 by Bayern Munich.
On that night, Semedo was absolutely embarrassed by Alphonso Davis, someone who ran the defender ragged down the left-hand side.
He was dribbled past on three occasions, made an error that led to a shot and completed just one tackle all night. For a team who was so relentlessly on the back foot, it was a horror show from Semedo.
Unfortunately, the 27-year-old played in a similar way for Wolves on Tuesday night when Everton came to town.
The full-back was given the run around by Lucas Digne on this occasion. He gave Semedo a torrid evening with the Frenchman constantly getting beyond the Wolves defender. As a result, the full-back was able to deliver six crosses.
Time and time again the Portugal international failed to get tight enough and that was evident for Everton’s opening goal. Semedo was nowhere near to Digne and consequently, he was able to turn the ball on a plate for Alex Iwobi to fire home.
Although he was shocking from a defensive point of view, losing possession 13 times – which was more than Fabio Silva – he did produce plenty in offensive phases. His display was summed up perfectly by The Athletic’s Tim Spiers: “A liability at the back but nothing wrong with Semedo’s attacking ability of late,” he said.
Going forward, he was exceptional, but when he was forced into one-on-one situations with Digne, Semedo looked completely out of his depth. Silva may have received the criticism from an attacking point of view, but it was the defence that let Nuno Santo down the most on Tuesday.
The defender simply has to improve if Wolves want to shore up their backline. After costing Nuno so much in the summer, this was a performance that will have him exasperated from a defensive point of view.