Four Wolves players will have been scratching their heads at Lopetegui's team selection vs Brighton
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Four Wolves players will have been scratching their heads at Lopetegui's team selection vs Brighton

Wolves fell to their worst defeat of the season, and many years, on Saturday against Brighton.

After beating Crystal Palace to take a huge step towards safety, Wanderers pitched up at the Amex Stadium looking to add more points to their tally of 37.

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But any chances of that were snuffed out with 25 minutes, with Brighton scoring three goals.

In the end, Brighton hit six, but it could easily have been more.

It was an embarrassing performance. As good as Brighton were, Wolves made is so, so easy for the Seagulls to score their goals.

It came out of nowhere really.

Wolves have been great in recent weeks, and have played some good football.

But the players couldn’t string two passes together, and everyone was guilty of making mistakes.

Julen Lopetegui is a bit hit-and-miss when it comes to his team selections. Some would argue his in-game management is stronger than his ability to actually pick the right team from the off.

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It’s understandable he may not always get it right considering he has only been at Wolves since November. Clearly he is still working out what his best team and system is.

But the team he put out against Brighton was definitely a miss.

The midfield consisted of Mario Lemina and Ruben Neves in the middle, Matheus Nunes on the left and Joao Gomes on the right.

That’s four centre midfielders and in hindsight, it is baffling.

Nunes has obviously played out wide before. But it just isn’t where he is most effective. And for Gomes it was a completely new experience and it did him absolutely no favours.

Hwang, Podence, Traore and Cunha must have been baffled by Lopetegui’s team selection against Brighton

Lopetegui did hand one natural winger a start on Saturday in the form of Pedro Neto.

But he left Hwang Hee-chan, Daniel Podence, Adama Traore and Matheus Cunha all on the bench.

These four players must have been scratching their heads.

Hwang, Podence and Traore would all have been better fits to play on the right or left in place of Nunes or Gomes.

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And then Cunha has been one of Wolves’ best players in recent weeks.

He has been superb playing up top with Diego Costa, and it was a real surprise that he was overlooked.

Perhaps Lopetegui has simply overthought it. It would certainly be a huge surprise if we ever saw anything like it again.