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Molineux legend Steve Bull wants Wolves to ditch back four

Wolves legend Steve Bull says he wants to see Julen Lopetegui ditch the back four to try and bring back a bit more solidity.

The Spanish manager takes charge of his first competitive game tomorrow night against Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.

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Fans are excited to see Wolves in action again, and under the guidance of a top coach.

Lopetegui and his players recently got back from Marbella, where they have been training hard and getting to know one another.

They also played two friendly matches out there against Empoli and Cadiz.

For the game against Empoli, Lopetegui set up with a back four.

But against Cadiz, he changed system and deployed Toti Gomes as a third centre-back in the middle of Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman.

Wolves have mostly played with a back four this season, with former manager Bruno Lage making the transition in the summer.

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But it has not yielded positive results so far, so there has been some speculation Lopetegui might try and revert back to the old formation.

In the eyes of Bull, Lopetegui should indeed go back to a back three/five and ditch the system brought in by Lage. He said (Express & Star): “He has played three-at-the-back and four-at-the-back formations in recent friendlies and Wolves have always been successful with a three.

“It hasn’t been right for a long time with a four. No disrespect to the players, but you need a bit more security with a third centre-back, which also allows the wing-backs to bomb forward.

“I’d like to see him stick with that formation, it gives Wolves a solid foundation to build from going forwards.”

Steve Bull may have a point and Julen Lopetegui’s first Wolves team sheet will be fascinating

Wolves were really poor defensively in the few weeks before the World Cup.

Collins and Kilman have great potential as a centre-back pairing, but they both were off the pace in November.

Bull may have a point that Lopetegui should be thinking about bringing back the old system.

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It’s all about getting points on the board for Wolves.

By becoming more solid at the back, there is potential for Wolves to go and ‘steal’ victories in games a bit like last season.

Wanderers were fairly solid at the back, and would then go and win games often by just one goal margins.

It’s a risky way to play, but it’s a way a lot of these Wolves players know.