Conor Coady is joining Everton on loan from Wolves.
The defender is moving to Merseyside in what is undoubtedly one of the most eyebrow-raising moves of the summer.
Coady has been an ever-present for Wolves for several years.
But the 29-year-old is the victim of circumstance.
Bruno Lage has changed Wolves’ formation to a back four. And on Saturday Maximilian Kilman and Nathan Collins were the pairing of choice. It is thought they will be Lage’s leaders of the new backline.
The decision is definitely splitting the fanbase.
Some people are not happy, while others believe it is now the right time for Coady to depart.
It is undoubtedly a big risk from Wolves – and the decision now arguably puts quite a lot of pressure on one Wolves player in particular.
Willy Boly was once seen as the best defender at Molineux.
But in recent times, the Ivory Coast international has had some fitness struggles.
Last season he made just 10 Premier League appearances.
Admittedly, there were times where Lage just didn’t use him because Coady, Kilman, and Romain Saiss were all in such good form.
But £10 million star Boly did have injuries, and that was a worry.
The Coady move now puts big pressure on Boly to not only stay fit, but stand up and take responsibility when he comes into the starting XI.
Conor Coady’s shock loan move to Everton puts big pressure on Willy Boly back at Wolves
Boly is now the only senior centre-back in reserve for Wolves – and that brings about pressure.
Lage is pressing ahead with a back four, and it could well be that Collins and Kilman have difficulties at first. Or, of course, they could absolutely shine, since they are two fantastic players.
But Boly has to be ready to come in and do a job.
And he also has to keep himself fit, something he’s had trouble with over the past couple of years.
One wonders if Wolves will now go and swoop for another centre-half following Coady’s exit, knowing about Boly’s recent injury record.
Yerson Mosquera and Toti Gomes are both fantastic prospects. But both lack experience. And that’s why the pressure is on for Boly.