Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly is still without a Premier League minute this season.

The Ivory Coast international began the season nursing a hamstring injury picked up in pre-season.

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Willy Boly (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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But he returned to the Wolves bench for the game against Manchester United at the end of August.

Despite being available to play since then, manager Bruno Lage has continually overlooked Boly.

The 45-year-old has shown unwavering faith in Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss.

And in fairness, the trio have largely defended well as a unit, with Kilman particularly impressive.

This weekend Wolves take on Aston Villa at Villa Park, and it is likely Danny Ings will be starting for the hosts.

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The striker is currently on a bit of a mini-drought having gone five Premier League games without a goal.

But Ings has been a thorn in Wolves’ side in the past.

 

The star has scored four goals in eight games, and also made one assist.

His last against Wolves was a stunning volley for Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium last season.

Boly needed for Villa threats?

Lage’s loyalty to Kilman, Coady and Saiss is admirable.

But one wonders if him not playing his best defender will eventually cost Wolves.

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Willy Boly (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Ings is a player that has given Wolves a lot of trouble, and he is brilliant at finding space in the box.

Perhaps it is finally time to restore Boly, who can also aid with keeping Ings’ pacey partner, Ollie Watkins, quiet.

It would be a somewhat ruthless call, but sometimes such decisions are required.

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