Wolves slumped to an embarrasing 4-0 defeat in the Premier League last night at the hands of West Ham United.
Nuno and his players were supposed to win this one.
Their opponents had lost their first two league matches and had David Moyes self-isolating, but the Hammers somehow managed to make Wolves look terrible in London.
It was one of the worst showings period from a Nuno team, with the defending questionable, the midfield lacking urgency and the attack causing hardly any problems for a defence that is known for being leaky.
Big improvements are needed for this weekend’s game against Fulham at Molineux – the Cottagers have also lost their first two games, although they do have the chance to get their first points against Aston Villa tonight.
It could be, and perhaps should be, that Nuno rings the changes for the game after such an awful display – and he may have to make a big call in central midfield.
As fantastic as Joao Moutinho has been for the club, the maestro has not been his usual self so far in 2020/21 and might be better off coming into games as a second-half substitute.
One man a lot of Wolves supporters were crying out for during the West Ham mauling was Leander Dendoncker, and the Belgian may just be the catalyst for improvement going forwards.
Nuno needs Dendoncker’s steel
£12 million signing Dendoncker (Express & Star) is a curious case, and the Wolves system appears to really miss him when he isn’t playing.
The 25-year-old can play several different roles, but perhaps he needs deploying at holding midfield to release the shackles a bit from Ruben Neves, who has the passing range to unlock any defence.
Dendoncker’s ability to do the dirty work is invaluable, but he can also surge forwards when required.
Last night Wolves were crying out for just sheer presence and authority in the middle of the park; Nuno strangely opted to ignore the only man who could have brought those things.
It’d be a bold call, but perhaps a necessary one for the manager to get him back into the starting XI against Fulham at the expense of Moutinho.