Wolverhampton Wanderers’ match against Tottenham Hotspur tonight is going to be an important one.
Although Carabao Cup ties do not always hold the same prestige as Premier League game, given Wolves’ form and their opponents, it is one they will desperately want to get a result from.
After this past weekend’s loss to Brentford, many players were criticised for the performance. Below are three players who may be dropped for tomorrow’s game and thereafter.
The Moroccan has been a fan favourite at Molineux and is one of the club’s longest serving players since arriving in 2016.
Despite that, his form this season has been indifferent. He was partly at fault for Brentford’s second goal on Saturday after losing Bryan Mbeumo, he was substituted at half-time.
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Saiss’ position is at risk for two reasons. Firstly, the return of Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera, who will likely be vying for his position. Secondly, Saturday’s defeat may prompt Bruno Lage to switch to a back-four as he did during the match.
Therefore, it would mean there would be one fewer starting spot for a centre half in the starting eleven.
It feels harsh to include Marcal after his excellent start to the season, however, his mistake for Wolves’ first penalty was very concerning.
If the Brazilian repeats his shirt-holding tactics, he could easily give away more penalties and cost Wolves more matches.
Lage will be very aware of this risk. In addition, Rayan Ait-Nouri will be looking to build on his solid first season in the old gold and black.
Another player who has dropped off in September is Trincao. After some mouthwatering displays last month, the Portuguese talent has struggled to replicate those performances against Watford and Brentford.
His lack of sharpness is understandable. Last season he spent most of the time on the Barcelona bench.
Nevertheless, thanks to his arrival, competition is fierce on Wolves’ wings and both Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-chan will be looking to break into the starting lineup, potentially at Trincao’s expense.