Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has branded Bruno Lage’s decision to drop Conor Coady a ‘monumental mistake’.
Wolves fell to another defeat yesterday against West Ham United, and are now sitting in the relegation zone.
Gianluca Scamacca and Jarrod Bowen got the goals for the hosts, with Wolves once again struggling in the final third.
Fans inside the London Stadium expressed their frustration with the manager, chanting ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ as he replaced Matheus Nunes and Nelson Semedo with Boubacar Traore and Chem Campbell.
It was another awful day at the office, and the pressure on Lage is now huge.
It remains to be seen if he still be in charge for the game against Chelsea next weekend.
After the game, Sky pundit Redknapp pointed to the loss of Coady as one possible reason for Wolves’ struggles.
He said live on Sky: “Bruno Lage has made some really strange mistakes.
“When I think of what Conor Coady has brought to Everton – why would you take that out of your team?
“Because you don’t want to play a back three anymore, I fully understand that. When you start saying we can’t play that system, we have to move on and we’re trying to evolve… you can still play a three, or a four. Not having him in that team I think was a monumental mistake.”
It’s easy to point to Coady as a factor in Wolves’ struggles, but there is a much bigger issue
Given how big a move it was for Lage to change formation and proceed without Coady, it is easy to point to that as one of the main reasons for Wolves’ struggles.
He was brilliantly consistent for Wolves and obviously a top-class leader.
But Wolves have been fairly steady defensively this season with this new back four system.
It’s the final third that has been the source of so much frustration, and it will be that that could ultimately cost the manager his job.