This has been a topsy-turvy few weeks for Wolves, a side who for the first time under Nuno Santo, have favoured some chopping and changing.
Nuno’s tenure in the Midlands has been one filled with familiar styles and tactics. Before his side drew with Southampton, he had never played with a four-man defence.
That was a period of 166 consecutive outings with a three-body backline. Initially, it proved fruitful. Wolves drew with the Saints and then beat a dejected Arsenal side in north London.
However, after being battered by Liverpool and tasting defeat against Aston Villa, they reverted to their tried and tested three-man defence versus Chelsea. The result was a victory.
The change in formation hasn’t been the only thing that’s troubled Wolves, though. Indeed, the fractured skull to Raul Jimenez has also played havoc with their attacking options.
Fabio Silva, the club’s record signing, is yet to score in the league and as a result, it begs one very specific question. Did Wolves make a mistake in the summer?
Of course, Fosun and Nuno paid for the potential in Silva but with Jimenez now missing through injury, a more experienced professional is needed.
They had one in their sights in the summer but failed to sign him – Carlos Vinicius. The Brazilian was at Benfica but the Midlanders were unsuccessful with a bid in January and then in the summer.
He subsequently joined Spurs on loan with a view to a permanent transfer of £40.5m. He’s made just one appearance in the Premier League but has been a force to be reckoned with in Europe, scoring three times and assisting three goals in just five outings.
It’s hardly a surprise to see him described as “exciting” by BT Sport pundit Glenn Hoddle.
Silva is still learning his trade and despite the enormous price tag that brought him to England, it feels too soon to entrust him as their main centre-forward. Thus, a player like Vinicius would have been of enormous help.
That’s not to say that Silva won’t come good, but in the short-term, Vinicius would have been a better option.
It’s a shame Wolves weren’t able to sign him.