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Andy Thompson says Nelson Semedo suits five-at-the-back formation more

Wolverhampton Wanderers star Nelson Semedo is more effective as wing-back, rather than a traditional right-back, in the eyes of former Molineux star Andy Thompson.

The 27-year-old has been pratically ever-present for Nuno Espirito Santo since his arrival in the Black Country from Barcelona.

Semedo has had a mixed bag so far.

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He’s had some horror shows, like the game against Aston Villa at Molineux in which he conceded a penalty in injury-time.

But he’s also had some very encouraging performances, especially since the turn of the year against the likes of Brighton, Chelsea and last weekend against Southampton.

He still divides opinion though, but club legend Thompson reckons Semedo is certainly more effective when Wolves use their typical formation under Nuno.

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He told the Express & Star: “We’ve changed formations and weren’t great, but we’ve gone back to the three – and that formation probably suits Semedo.

“He still hasn’t been in the country that long. He came from a big club in Barcelona but the Premier League is a different thing, and he’s found it difficult at times.

“But there’s no doubting he’s a quality player as well. With being a bit more stable, and Jonny playing regularly, that’ll hopefully help Semedo now.”

Semedo may flourish in tandem with Neto

Semedo does seem better suited to playing as a wing-back, which naturally encourages more attacking play.

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Against Southampton, Nuno switched Pedro Neto to the right-hand side and that is something that could really work to Semedo’s benefit going forwards.

Neto will naturally want to go inside on his strong left foot, which theoretically would create more space for £77,000-a-week star Semedo (Spotrac) to overlap and get into good crossing positions.

For most of the season he’s had Adama Traore, who mostly seeks to get to the byline before crossing, ahead of him and the combination hasn’t took off as most fans expected.