Wolves are in the relegation zone after losing 2-0 to West Ham United.
Bruno Lage’s position as head coach is now under serious threat, with the manager having overseen a terrible run of one win in 15 Premier League games.
Wolves needed three points yesterday.
A difficult match against Chelsea lies in wait, and defeat there would likely bring Lage’s reign to an end. That’s if he even makes it to the game.
Yesterday was pretty much the same story as usual for Wolves fans.
The team had plenty of the ball and worked it well in the defence and midfield areas.
But there was just no cutting edge in the final third.
Things improved once Diego Costa came on for his debut in the second-half. Once he gets fully up to speed, things may improve.
But it’s frustrating that there already seems to a be reliance on Costa getting match-fit.
As poor as Wolves were offensively yesterday, credit must go to the Hammers’ centre-halves.
Craig Dawson was starting in the Premier League for the first time this season. The 32-year-old was a player Wolves tried to sign on deadline day for around £5.25 million (Daily Mail), only for West Ham to pull the plug because they couldn’t sign Jan Bednarek.
And perhaps inevitably, the star put in a really solid performance against Wanderers, who fielded Ruben Neves in their own backline.
Dawson made one clearance and one tackle in the game according to Sofascore and completed 96% of his passes (23/24).
Craig Dawson impresses against Wolves following deadline transfer attempt
Dawson’s performance was always going to make for an interesting watch following Wolves’ attempt to sign him a month ago.
News of Wolves’ interest in Dawson didn’t really strike a chord with everyone at the time.
But yesterday he put in a solid performance following just one other start for the club in 2022/23.
A simple search of Dawson’s name on Twitter will show West Ham fans were absolutely delighted with display. Many believe that backline is better for him being in it.
It was certainly frustrating to see Dawson look so comfortable, as Neves and Jonny Castro Otto slotted into Wolves’ backline.