Wolverhampton Wanderers are up to 12th in the Premier League after beating Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary’s Stadium today.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side put the disappointment of the FA Cup defeat to the same opposition firmly behind them with a huge win on the south coast.
Pedro Neto hit the winning goal for the visitors in some style, after Ruben Neves had equalised from the penalty spot following a controversial handball call against Ryan Bertrand.
The first-half was dismal, but Wolves came out fighting in the second, and it was interesting to see Neto and Adama Traore switch flanks.
That tweak paid off, with Neto scoring superbly from a tight angle by opening his body up and shooting with his strong left foot.
£43,000-a-week star Traore (Spotrac) seldom plays from the left, but one wonders if that should be his natural position going forwards with Neto sticking on the right.
Tweak could benefit both players
Traore has largely underwhelmed this season, and still doesn’t have any goals or assists in the Premier League.
But that could change if he spent more time playing from the left.
Being right-footed, he would perhaps be encouraged to cut inside and have more attempts at goal.
Playing on the right forces Traore to get to the byline and cross, which has not been a successful tactic all season.
His combination play with Nelson Semedo also hasn’t been as good as expected, so it might be worth shifting Neto across to see how they do together.
Many teams deploy wingers right-footed wingers on the left and vice versa, and it’s surely something worth looking into by Nuno after the duo’s second-half showing against the Saints.