Most of the talk after Chelsea’s 5-2 battering of Wolves at the weekend was about Frank Lampard’s side and the collection of youth team products that have been excelling in this nascent season.
But what of Wolves? That was their second defeat in a row, with only three draws to their name so far, and they look like a pale imitation of the side that finished seventh last term.
So what’s the problem with Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. Is it the impact of the Europa League? Should they have made more moves in the summer transfer window? Were they just playing above their collective ability last season?
On the Totally Football Show this week, our panel offered their thoughts on what the problem might be.
“I think they look in a bit of trouble,” said Emma Saunders. “They’re winless in five, second-bottom in the table, but it was the body language of the Wolves players – especially after the Mount goal – that was quite alarming. They visibly dropped, they were done in.
“There was some questionable team selection: for example Ryan Bennett was dropped for what Nuno said was “shape and profile” reasons.
“They’ve conceded eight goals in the last two games, so I think alarm bells are ringing defensively, but I think the midfield – who we’ve all enjoyed watching – looks to have dropped too. They’re not servicing Raul Jimenez the way they used to.
“They’re going into seven games in three weeks, and they have a couple of massive games coming up, against Crystal Palace and Watford – who knew that would be a six-pointer so early in the season?”
Daniel Storey was slightly more optimistic about their prospects.
“The reality is Wolves had pretty much a perfect season – I don’t think they’re a disaster, this season, but they certainly haven’t been playing as well.
“It’s fine margins in the Premier League – if you don’t play as well as the perfection you managed last season, you’re going to start losing games. The difference between seventh and 15th this season won’t be huge, so games like this really matter.”
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