Wolverhampton Wanderers have made themselves look ‘a bit silly’ after being left with little depth at centre-back following the departures of Willy Boly and Conor Coady in the summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.
Bruno Lage is now light of options in defence after Nathan Collins picked up a needless red card against Manchester City at Molineux on Saturday.
What happened on Saturday?
Wolves were comfortably beaten by the reigning Premier League champions as goals from Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden sealed a 3-0 victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Getting anything from the game was a tough task made even tougher when summer-signing Collins saw red for a rash, high tackle on Grealish in the first half.
He will now face a three-game ban, leaving Lage with inexperienced duo Toti and Yerson Mosquera as options to partner Max Kilman.
The depth issue has been made all the worse after both Willy Boly and Conor Coady were allowed to leave the club during the summer transfer window, with the pair earning a combined £108,000 per-week last season.
Coady was sent out on loan to Everton for the campaign while Boly eventually moved to Nottingham Forest after failing to show up for their clash with Newcastle ahead of the deadline.
What has Jones said on the situation?
Jones believes that Wolves have made themselves look a bit foolish after allowing two experienced defenders to leave so easily after the end of last season.
The journalist adds that Lage now has next to no options to call upon with some big games on the horizon.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “There is no depth at all in that area and they are being made to look a bit silly for those transfer decisions on the likes of Willy Boly and Conor Coady.”
How big a blow could this be for Wolves?
Wolves find themselves just two points above the relegation zone with the Hammers and the Reds occupying the two spots below them.
While it is too early to call the clashes ‘relegation six-pointers’ they could well have a big impact on the club’s immediate future as well as Lage’s own fortunes.
The Portuguese has picked up just one win in the Premier League so far this season and overseen three goals, so failure to beat the pair will pile the pressure on his shoulders further.