This is one season Wolverhampton Wanderers will be eager to get through quickly.
They didn’t spend wisely last summer and had to report a number of injuries to some of their most exciting players.
It all culminated in what appears to be a lower half end for Nuno Santo and his team.
To the blackboard
Another big issue for Nuno has been the club’s defense. They have looked particularly ordinary this season and if anything sums it up it would be a 13-game streak from November through January where they only kept a lonely clean sheet.
Old Gold have struggled for shutouts again in recent times, being beaten 4-0 by Burnley on home turf.
One of the main culprits for a long time has been Romain Saiss. The Moroccan has had a special season where, due to injuries, he was asked to play left-back.
He was particularly poor against Aston Villa in March when he defied the laws of physics by missing a simple opportunity a few yards away and disappointed from a defensive standpoint.
Is Romain Saiss good enough for wolves?
Saiss recorded a success rate of just 70% that night and lost the ball 15 times. He only managed to complete one tackle throughout the contest.
Sadly, he was also a mess against Burnley over a week ago. As they were being sent to Molineux, the defender was everywhere in the shop. He was dispossessed for the fourth and final goal as he offered the Clarets a chance to score.
The answer to their woes from a defensive perspective could be Jack Hendry, someone who has been linked to Wolves in recent months.
The 25-year-old is a Celtic player but has enjoyed a very successful loan spell with Ostend in Belgium.
He was named Belgium’s top elite player this season and thrived in Alexander Blessin’s system. This happens to be in a threesome back, which makes it absolutely perfect for Wolves and Nuno.
The Portuguese favorite formation at Molineux has been with three defenders, so Hendry would surely fit in perfectly with the Midlands setup.
That said, it would offer a lot more than just tactical knowledge and familiarity.
Standing at a colossal 6ft 4in, the Scottish defender is a giant from the back and is especially dominant when it comes to winning air battles.
For example, he’s won three aerial duels per game this quarter, more than anyone in the entire Wolves squad.
Above all, he’s more confident with the ball at his feet, an area of Saiss’s game that puts him in a tangle this quarter.
His success rate is 80.7% while that of Hendry is 85.1% throughout the current season.
Described as a “useful weapon” by Blessin, it would be a valuable addition to Wolves this summer. Nuno and Jeff Shi need to make sure they strike a deal.
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