Former Wolves defender Romain Saiss was in action yesterday at the World Cup for Morocco in their first game against Croatia.
The nations squared off at the Al Bayt Stadium and played out a pretty dull 0-0 draw.
The football on show in Qatar has been very good and entertaining so far.
But this game was certainly one of the worst so far.
But that was testament to the defenders for both teams, who made it very difficult for the attackers to get any joy.
And in Morocco’s backline was captain Saiss, who left Molineux earlier this year after failing to reach an agreement to extend his contract.
Saiss was starting for his 67th cap for his country – and his performance was solid.
According to Sofascore, the 32-year-old won 3/4 duels and completed 41/49 passes (84% accuracy). He also made four clearances, two interceptions and two tackles.
Fanatik journalist Gokmen Ozcan said that Saiss showed character on the field, and was one of the more ‘striking’ performers along with Hakim Ziyech.
Romain Saiss looks very well following exit from Wolves, as star shines in first game for Morocco
The game between Morocco and Croatia will quickly be forgotten out, but Saiss’ performance for the African nation was worth noting.
He was very impressive at the back, and never really gave Croatia’s attackers anything in the game.
Saiss recently had a few things to say following his exit from Wolves.
He said in an interview with Talking Wolves that he felt disrespected by the club’s contract extension offer to him.
Former manager Bruno Lage had wanted to keep him, but it was up to his superiors to come to an agreement with the player.
On the evidence of today, the decision to let Saiss go in the summer was highly questionable.