Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back Nelson Semedo has been criticised a fair amount this season.

The 27-year-old arrived at Molineux last summer with a big reputation, and was expected to deliver after sealing a transfer from Barcelona worth an initial £27 million (BBC Sport).

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He made a bit of a slow start, but in recent weeks has really began to find find his feet in the Premier League.

In 2020, one of the biggest criticisms of Semedo was the defensive side of his game.

Many felt that, while he was really good bombing forwards, he left a lot to be desired when it came to the basics of being a defender.

 

But a statistic has now come to light that suggests Semedo is definitely improving that part of his game.

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Courtesy of The Athletic’s Wolves reporter Tim Spiers, Semedo sat fifth for tackles won in the Premier League (33) after the win over Leeds United.

Manchester United star Aaron Wan-Bissaka was top of the pile with 44.

Semedo is nearing the perfect blend

The statistic is very encouraging, and suggests that the Portugal international is not as weak as some thought.

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The one thing he perhaps needs to bring up to speed from here on in is his positioning.

He has been guilty of letting runners go and failing to spot danger, and if he can just address that particular shortcoming, then Wolves will have a top-class player on their hands.

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