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Garth Crooks names Coady in Team of the Week, questions Wolves transfer decision

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has named Conor Coady in his latest Premier League Team of the Week.

The 29-year-old was in action for Everton on Saturday in the Merseyside Derby with Liverpool.

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Coady was starting his fifth league game in a row for the Toffees.

The England international has become an established player at Goodison Park under Frank Lampard, who recently lauded the man on loan from Wolves for the way he adapted to playing in a back four.

Coady lined up in a back four once again next to James Tarkowski against Liverpool.

And the star put in a really solid performance and kept the Reds’ big-money summer signing Darwin Nunez quiet.

His display impressed Crooks, who couldn’t help but take a little dig at Wolves.

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He said (via BBC Sport): “This lad has adjusted to his new environment very quickly. At Wolves, Coady looked commanding and I still can’t quite work out why they let him go.

“However, he has slotted into the Everton back four very nicely and is starting to look as authoritative as he did when he was playing for the Wanderers.”

Coady thought he’d put Everton ahead in the second-half when he tapped home Neal Maupay’s cross. But the star was ruled offside by VAR.

Fair play to Conor Coady who’s started well at Everton, but Crooks’ view of Wolves’ decision is strange

It is good to see Coady having made a great start at Everton, and also ironic that he is doing well in a back four.

The question, of course, is whether he will be able to stay consistent.

But Crooks questioning Wolves’ decision to offload Coady is a strange one.

The fact it was a loan was admittedly questionable. But the actual decision to move on from him is not.

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Bruno Lage wanted to change the system and history told us that Coady had struggled in such a formation.

Wolves moved to bring in Nathan Collins to partner Maximilian Kilman at the back, and the pair have been brilliant so far. After six Premier League games, Wolves have conceded just four goals, which is the best record in the division.

That certainly gives justification to the decision to let Coady go.

And Wolves happen to now be two points above Everton in the table.