Conor Coady last night completed a move to Everton from Wolves and the move surely all but rules out Ruben Neves – who’ll become the new captain – leaving Molineux.
The central defender has gone to Goodison Park on loan for the season, with the Toffees holding an option to buy next summer.
The 19-year-old departs Molineux after Bruno Lage made the decision to change Wolves’ formation to a back four.
At the weekend, Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman were the centre-halves of choice. And it’s expected they will be the regulars going forwards.
Coady’s exit in itself is not massively surprising, given he hasn’t looked very comfortable in a back four in the past.
What is raising eyebrows though, is that Wolves were happy to sanction a loan move.
The player wants to make England’s World Cup squad, and Wanderers have been very, very kind in allowing him to leave.
Some have rightly questioned the club for not demanding a sale for Coady, with Wolves surely needing the cash to strengthen the team and/or offset other deals.
There are a lots of opinions but one thing is for sure – Coady the person, and Coady the leader will be a massive miss.
Obviously, Coady is Wolves’ captain. And so now there will be a new man sporting the armband.
And that man will be Neves, who assumed responsibility at the weekend as Coady watched from the bench.
We have been hearing in recent weeks that the Portugal international is now looking more likely to stay another season at the club.
But Coady’s exit surely all but rules out his potential exit.
Neves surely now set to stay after becoming Wolves’ new captain
If there is one good thing coming out of this Coady to Everton loan deal, it’s that it surely massively increases the chances of Neves staying.
There would be absolute outrage if Wanderers went and offloaded Neves from here after assuming the armband from Coady.
Hopefully if an offer does come in, Neves will not push for an exit knowing that he is now the captain at Molineux.