Wolves coach Tony Roberts has lavished praise on English duo Conor Coady and John Ruddy.
In an interview with the Athletic, he hailed the pair as leaders within the dressing room.
Ruddy has only played the EFL Cup clashes with Nottingham Forest and Tottenham, although he has earned praise from Bruno Lage for his performances in those games.
Coady anchors the back three and was of course part of the England squad which got to the final of Euro 2020 in the summer.
When Roberts was at Arsenal, Ruddy was one of the goalkeepers the Gunners looked at but: “As I keep telling him (Ruddy) now, his fee and wages were too much!
“John’s a good goalkeeper, he was in the England squad around that time and has been brilliant since I’ve been here. He’s great with the young ones and he’s good in the dressing room, one of the leaders.
“There’s him, Jose [Sa], who’s lively, Coads, who runs it, he’s been unbelievable. I heard a lot about Coads, but seeing him in action, he’s a proper, proper captain and they’re a great dressing room.
“They’ve got good camaraderie. You saw that at Villa, they needed it then. I’ve been in situations like that when teams just fold, but these boys kept going and got the result.”
The leadership from the likes of Ruddy and Coady help the transition for a new manager coming in.
The spirit in the camp was on show when Wolves came back to beat Villa. Not every team could have done that.
Ruddy also deserves credit for remaining so professional and influential when he is not playing regularly.
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