Conor Coady was named on the Wolves bench by Bruno Lage yesterday – and Everton could now intensify their pursuit of the defender after some bad luck at Goodison Park.
The Molineux captain has been an ever-present for the club in the Premier League, starting all but one game since its return to the top-flight in 2017.
But the shift to a back four has now cast serious doubt on Coady’s future.
It has been claimed that Wolves could sanction the 29-year-old’s exit, with the player hoping to play regular football ahead of the World Cup.
Frank Lampard is supposedly a big fan of the star.
It could be that Everton now make a strong push for Coady.
In their game against Chelsea yesterday, Ben Godfrey suffered a really bad ankle injury.
He was stretchered off, and it seems he could be out for some time.
Everton also lost Yerry Mina to injury, with the Colombian departing on 70 minutes to be replaced by former Wolves full-back Ruben Vinagre.
Mina’s time at Goodison Park has been plagued by injury problems, making the South American an unreliable option.
After seeing Coady left out against Leeds, it would be no surprise now if Everton came in with an official offer.
Everton move for Conor Coady could now be imminent after Godfrey and Mina injuries
Lampard said after the game that he expects Godfrey to be out for ‘months’ rather than ‘weeks’ (via BeIN).
And with the Mina injury on top of that, it surely means the Toffees now need a centre-half to come in fairly quickly.
Lampard wouldn’t be drawn on the Coady rumours in the lead up to the game.
But reports have been fairly frequent that the Wolves captain is a player on Everton’s radar.
Hopefully Wolves don’t offload him, as it is possible Lage could still turn to a back three here and there.
If a decision is made to offload though, it needs to be for big money. A loan move simply makes no sense for the club.