Former Molineux midfielder Dave Edwards believes Wolves missed Boubacar Traore’s dynamism in the 4-0 defeat to Leicester City.
Wanderers fell to their worst loss of the season so far in the Premier League, with the Foxes really showing Wolves how it’s done in the final third.
Wolves had plenty of shots in the game.
But that ruthlessness was absent once again. And it was a completely different story for Leicester, who scored four goals from their five shots.
Wolves briefly tried to get back into the game at 2-0 down. But ultimately there was just no real fight or belief that the game could be rescued.
There were far too many poor individual performances for the hosts.
In midfield, Ruben Neves gave his all, as he always does, but was way below his usual high standards.
Very little came off for Matheus Nunes, who continues to suffer from playing a role he never did at Sporting.
And Joao Moutinho again had very little influence.
In the eyes of Edwards, Wolves actually missed Traore in the engine room.
He said (Express & Star): “The football going forward was decent, the reactions to the Tielemans and Barnes goals were excellent but the game management and shape of the team when losing possession was really poor.
“But the three other goals have been from counter-attacks and Wolves were wide open in the heart of the pitch. They missed Boubacar Traore’s dynamism in midfield.”
Traore did eventually enter the action, replacing Moutinho with around 10 minutes to go.
Boubacar Traore should be getting more starts now for Wolves, as Edwards suggests his dynamism was missed vs Leicester
It is perhaps understandable that Steve Davis and his support team wanted to get Moutinho back into the starting XI against Leicester.
He had rotated to the bench against Crystal Palace, and will have been a bit fresher.
But Edwards may be right. Wolves did miss Traore’s tenacity and ball-winning ability in midfield.
Perhaps had he been on the pitch, James Maddison might not have waltzed to the edge of the box so easily before scoring. The midfielder inexplicably just sauntered through the middle of the pitch.
Moutinho’s dip in form this season is a concern. And the veteran should now be used in equal rotation with Traore, who deserves more opportunities to start.