Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have been talking about what the 2020/21 season holds for Conor Coady.
The captain, currently on duty with England at Euro 2020, is actually a curious case now.
The 28-year-old has racked up 275 appearances for the club so far, and was a vital cog in Nuno Espirito Santo’s five-man defence system.
Coady has been a fantastic signing for the club, and his transition to playing in the middle of a back three has been most impressive.
Last term though, we saw the introduction of a back four on occasion.
There were times Coady looked quite suspect, as many fans feared would be the case.
Towards the end of the season he managed to get to grips a bit more with it.
But there are still a lot of question marks over his suitability to a traditional back four.
Interestingly, new manager Bruno Lage’s preferred formation has historically been to use four defenders, rather than three/five.
This fact raises questions about Coady’s role for next season.
On social media, some fans have been discussing whether the former Liverpool man should be a guaranteed starter under Lage:
Probably as an important voice and captain to start the season, but if he struggles he should be held to same standard as anyone else under the new man
— JerBear (@JD_Jerbear) June 14, 2021
Every player should have to prove himself. Should be no guaranteed starters.
— Andrew Smith (@smit_wolves) June 14, 2021
No one should be guaranteed a start.
— Steve Cross (@StevenCross81) June 14, 2021
Coady has been fantastic for Wolves as a sweeper in a back 3. He reads the game well in that position & organizes the defence, but he’s struggled in some games when Nuno wanted a back four. I don’t think he’s a very good defender. If Lage plays a back four then he maybe sold.
— Derek Shaw (@DerekShaw3) June 14, 2021
Depends how he sets up, 3 CB’s Yes, 2 CB’s no!.
— Bally (@BallyJNR) June 14, 2021
How can anyone want to sell the best Captain and leader of men we have had for years. Coady is a true Wolves man and deserves all the plaudits. Keep him definitely we need him doubters be careful what you wish for.🐺🐺🐺🐺🐺❤️❤️🏴🏴🏴🧡🖤🧡🖤🧡🖤❤️❤️
— jan eden (@janeden8) June 14, 2021
100% should be starting. He’s been our best CB this year. Boly hasn’t been the same since covid
— Jacko 🏴🟠⚫️ (@wolves_aywe) June 14, 2021