Wolverhampton Wanderers made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League with a 1-0 victory at strugglers Everton on Sunday afternoon.
Former Liverpool academy player and fan Conor Coady scored the decisive goal at Goodison Park early in the second half before Toffees full-back Jonjoe Kenny was sent off to further heap misery on Frank Lampard’s side.
The win saw Wolves climb up to seventh with their hopes of securing European football very much alive still, however, despite another solid team performance, the contribution of right-wing-back Jonny Otto was underwhelming, with the Spaniard playing opposite to his preferred side.
According to SofaScore, the 28-year-old wing-back contributed little in both halves of the pitch. From an offensive point of view, Jonny failed to complete a single cross or long ball as well as completing a dribble whilst also seeing his sole shot go off-target.
Defensively, despite his side’s 11th league clean sheet of the season, the Spaniard was lacklustre. Throughout the entire 90 minutes, the wing-back failed to make a single tackle, clearance or block and made just one interception whilst also winning just 20% of his duels and losing possession 16 times.
In fairness to Jonny, he did enjoy an impressive 91% passing accuracy with 43/47 passes completed whilst also making 75 touches.
However, Wolves boss Bruno Lage certainly won’t be encouraged by the wing-back’s performance, with the Portuguese having to fill round holes with square pegs following the injuries to right-wing-backs Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever.
Semedo could be out until late April with a hamstring injury whilst the status of Hoever is still unknown after the 20-year-old suffered a similar-looking issue to that of his Portuguese teammate in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Therefore, Lage has had to deploy Jonny, usually a left-sided full-back, on the right with the 28-year-old only recently returning from a lengthy injury spell.
Two knee injuries have meant that since the start of the 2020/21 season, the Spaniard has played just 12 times and is clearly readjusting to playing regular, top-flight football.
However, it’s an opportunity that will have to be taken with both hands given the impressive performances of both Rayan Ait Nouri and Fernando Marcal at left-wing-back this season.
The vacancy on the right-hand side is currently Jonny’s only way into playing regularly at Wolves and therefore the 28-year-old will have to adapt in order to keep his place whilst Semedo is sidelined.