Wolves star Romain Saiss wishes he’d made the change to central defender earlier in his career.

He told the club’s official website that he’d been told he had all the qualities to play there but kept playing in midfield.

Saiss eventually made the switch, playing in Nuno Espirito Santo’s back five which was so diligent and disciplined.

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New Wolves boss Bruno Lage prefers a back four, so that might take some adjustment for Saiss.

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“Honestly, I’m happy with my career,” said Saiss when asked if there’s anything he would change about his time in football so far.

“But maybe I would like to have played as a centre-back earlier in my life as I’ve now gone on to play in that position for the national team and the club.

 

“A lot of people told me I had all the qualities to play in that position, but I kept playing in central midfield.”

When asked which opponent he’d like to play again, he replied: “I would like to beat Liverpool at some point. Maybe we can do it this season.”

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Saiss an example of Nuno’s coaching

Saiss and Conor Coady were both midfielders before Nuno’s influence but his coaching transformed them into defenders in a back five.

Perhaps there will be a period of adjustment if Lage – as expected – switches to a 4-4-2.

Could Coady and Saiss play as a central defensive duo in a back four? Time will tell, and plenty will depend on Lage’s coaching.

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