The top four/five bunfight continued this weekend, with Wolves the only team (of those that played) in the top-half to actually win, with their 3-2 success over Tottenham.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are level on points with Manchester United in fifth, and three back from Chelsea in fourth. As things stand, fifth would be enough for a Champions League place, depending on how Manchester City’s appeal against their UEFA ban goes.
Could Wolves do it? Yes, of course. Will Wolves do it? The panel on this Monday’s Totally Football Show seem pretty confident.
“You look at the team and you think: of course they’re going to perform,” said Daniel Storey. “Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are a brilliant combination in midfield, the two wing-backs – Ruben Vinagre has been a revelation since coming back in for Jonny, Matt Doherty continues to play [well].
“Adama Traore is Adama Traore, and is the player I’d pay the most money to watch in the Premier League at the moment. He’s everything you’d want: he’s completely unpredictable, still has tendencies for that Middlesbrough Traore where he beats four men then knocks the ball out of play.
“Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez are a joy to watch, and they are a better team than Tottenham at defending and attacking at the moment.”
“They’re so tactically fluid as well,” said Carl Anka. “They have at least three formations and shapes they can change into, inside an hour. [They can say] “This isn’t working, we’ll move Traore here, we can drop Neto into the ten as well.” This means they should not be fearful of any team in the Premier League, and the Europa League too.”
All of which comes from the manager, as Daniel outlined.
“Wherever they turn over possession on the pitch – and generally it’s deep, because they don’t press that high – they’re constantly looking for the move to score a goal. They’re not looking to play it safe every now and then: they’re constantly looking for a goal, and that has to be the philosophy.
“I’m amazed that he hasn’t been approached by bigger clubs than Wolves, which sounds horrible [for them]…maybe one of the reasons he hasn’t is that he likes a small, close-knit squad, which at a bigger club with lots of competitions, there might be a fear of burn-out. Which we haven’t seen at Wolves this season…”
Carl added: “I’m amazed bigger clubs haven’t been in for Jimenez too: in the same way that early Harry Kane was, he’s quick, able to hold the ball up, get a shot off whenever. Jimenez is similar.
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