Wolves‘ central defenders have been one of Bruno Lage’s biggest success stories so far, with Max Kilman putting himself in contention for an England call-up and Romain Saiss being tipped to earn a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
With younger centre-backs Toti Gomes and Yerson Mosquera also banging on the door of the first team, and captain Conor Coady being virtually undroppable at this moment, playing time for Ivorian defender Willy Boly is likely going to be hard to come by over the next few seasons should he stay at the club.
After arriving from Porto in the summer of 2017 initially on a loan deal which became permanent the following year for £10.8m, Boly was praised by Coady, who said: “Willy Boly is a beast, what a monster! He’s scary in training – you can hear him coming behind you! Luckily he’s always the opposite side to me.”
Now, playing time seems hard to come by for the 31-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at Molineux, and with his valuation declining from £16.2m to £7.2m in just two years – manager Bruno Lage might be encouraged to sell now while they can still attract a fair fee.
Having suffered a number of injuries this campaign, he has made just two appearances for the team all season, with just one coming in the Premier League, showing that perhaps the manager doesn’t really rate him. That said, he did come on to replace Kilman last week for the impressive 4-0 win over Watford, in which he managed a 7.00 match rating according to SofaScore.
Winning seven duels and completing 89% of his passes in that game – it is clear that the experienced 6 foot 4 brute still has plenty of talent, and he could be an attractive option for a newly promoted Premier League side should he be put up for sale – or even remain a solid squad player for Lage should he remain.
However, with a weekly wage of £67k-per-week, it would be a good move from the Portuguese manager to offload the centre-back this summer and promote the likes of Mosquera or Gomes in his place – who will cost far less on the wage bill combined.