Wolverhampton Wanderers are back in Premier League action this evening as they welcome Crystal Palace to Molineux.
Nuno Santo will be looking to build on their three-game unbeaten run against an Eagles side who could be there for the taking, should the Portuguese play his cards right.
Since being embarrassed by West Ham, the Midlands outfit have effectively shut up shop defensively, very nearly keeping three clean sheets in a row but for Jacob Murphy’s tricky free-kick.
However, it has come at the expense of scoring goals. Wolves have not scored more than one goal in a match since the opening day, a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.
Given their lack of firepower, Nuno should consider changing his frontline – that partnership of Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore needs to be unearthed once more.
In 68 Premier League matches playing together, the duo have combined for ten goals, via Transfermarkt, but the newly-capped Spaniard hasn’t started any of their last three outings.
Only one team inside the top 13 have leaked more goals than Palace this season, surprisingly it’s Liverpool. One factor this could boil down to is the lack of experience and quality in their backline.
If Traore is handed a start, he’ll be coming up against 21-year-old Tyrick Mitchell, who has committed at least one foul and is dribbled past an average of once per game, via WhoScored.
No player recorded more successful take-ons than the Wolves monster last season as he completed a whopping 183 – that’s 20 more than Wilfried Zaha.
It means he averaged five dribbles per game, so he will have the ability to cause the inexperienced defender all sorts of nightmares under the lights at Molineux.
Traore versus Mitchell would be a worrying match-up for Roy Hodgson, which is why Nuno absolutely has to unleash his enigmatic weapon tonight.
AND in other news, £45m-rated “top player” was one that got away for Wolves…