Molineux news: Forgotten £10.8m Wolves man tipped to become key part of Lage starting XI

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Journalist Luke Hatfield believes that Willy Boly could re-establish himself in Wolves' defence at the expense of Max Kilman in the near future.

The Ivorian international has been at Wolves since 2017, including an initial season-long loan from Porto, but is struggling to make an impression at Molineux at the moment.

What's the latest news on Boly?

Boly had his fair share of injury setbacks last season, which restricted him to 21 league appearances in Nuno Espirito Santo's final year in charge.

He will have wanted to settle back into the starting line-up this term, but has been unable to do so in the opening weeks of the campaign. The 30-year-old has not played a single minute in the Premier League so far in 2021/22.

Instead, manager Bruno Lage has preferred to play Kilman alongside Romain Saiss and club captain Conor Coady in the team's back three.

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What has Hatfield said about Boly?

Hatfield is a little surprised that Kilman is currently getting the nod over Boly. However, he feels that the 6 foot 5 defender could win his place back in the team down the line if he can show Lage exactly what he is capable of.

When talking about Boly and Kilman to GIVEMESPORT, Hatfield said: “If both players were in top form, you’d imagine Boly would walk into that XI, but he’s maybe not found it as easy as he would have hoped to. I think Lage still needs to get to grips with him just to see what he’s all about.

“But if Willy Boly shows what he’s capable of, it won’t surprise me to see him as a piece of furniture in that XI sooner or later.”

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How good is Willy Boly?

Boly needs to remind everyone of just how good he is if he is to get back into the Wolves starting line-up.

He played a major role in Wolves' promotion season in 2017/18, featuring in 36 league games, which convinced the Midlands club to sign him permanently for £10.8m. The experienced centre-back then made another 36 appearances in the side's first year back in the top-flight as Wolves finished the campaign in seventh place. 

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The last two seasons have not gone according to plan, with injuries and inconsistent form causing his career to stagnate. 

There is no doubt that he is a formidable presence at the back when at his best, though, and if Lage gives him some game time soon he could start to build up his confidence and become a key asset for Wolves once more in the coming months.

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