Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has suggested the club’s struggles are in part down to the loss of several leaders in the squad.
Wanderers crashed to shocking 4-0 defeat on Sunday against Leicester City in the Premier League.
The Foxes hadn’t won away all season, but turned in a clinical performance at Molineux to leave Wolves shellshocked.
Wolves went in at half-time 2-0 down, and needed to show some character to get back into the contest.
There was some huffing and puffing for a brief period. But in the end, it was all too easy for Leicester to go on and kill the game.
Yet again, there was a lack of fight, desire and heart from most of the Wolves players.
On social media after the game, a lot of supporters were suggesting that the squad is lacking the right mentality at the moment.
There may be a lot of quality players at Molineux, but it seems a lot of them are not up for a fight.
Edwards believes the loss of several experienced players in the summer has contributed to the struggles.
He said (via Express & Star): “You look at what’s happening at Wolves, barring Ruben Neves, Nathan Collins and Max Kilman maybe, it doesn’t look like there is the experience or know-how within the squad to understand the effect a poor season will have on everyone around the football club.
“That’s hard to tell from a distance, but knowing the dynamic of a dressing room, the influence of Conor Coady, John Ruddy, Romain Saiss would’ve had – they are the characters needed right now.
“It can be hard to understand the impact of losing leaders like Coady and Ruddy until they depart. It looks very evident to me now, inside that team.”
Interestingly, former Molineux star Saiss also suggested as much in a recent interview with Talking Wolves.
Wolves allowed too many experienced players and leaders to depart in the summer
It is starting to become clear that the Wolves dressing room is nowhere near as strong as it was last season.
There might be a greater level of quality. But the mentality is almost certainly weaker.
It really is hard to imagine Wolves being in the same or worse position if the likes of Ruddy, Saiss, Coady, Fernando Marcal, Willy Boly and Leander Dendoncker had stayed.
By no means are any of those ‘elite’ players. But they are all top characters and leaders.
Keeping just a few of them might just have made life a bit easier this season.