Wolves are now struggling in the Premier League.
Yesterday’s defeat to Crystal Palace was their third in succession, and the manner of the loss was simply awful.
Palace flew out the traps and seemed to stun Wanderers into a sorry submission.
Bruno Lage’s side were all over the shop at the back, and really struggled with the Palace press.
Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho lost the midfield battle, and the front three just didn’t work as Raul Jimenez watched on from the bench.
Realistically, European football will now be nearly impossible to achieve.
Right now, Wolves are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United, but the Red Devils can extend the gap by beating Manchester City later today. That will be no easy feat for them, but it’s a possibility they could get a result.
But both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have games in hand. The Gunners have played three games fewer, and Spurs two.
One wonders if now could be the absolutely perfect time for Wolves to finally change formation.
Many expected Lage would change to a back four right at the very start of the season. After last term, a lot of people were sick of the 3-4-3/3-5-2, with many vouching for a more ‘attacking’ system.
But he stuck with the formation the players knew so well, and has reached the 40-point mark with it.
We have it a few times now, including yesterday, where Lage has taken off a central defender and put on an attacker.
So it’s clear it’s something that’s in his thinking.
But maybe now it’s the right time to change the system for the start of a game. Not when Wolves are trying to come from behind.
Bruno Lage has got to consider going four-at-the-back to combat goalscoring issue
Wolves have started to concede goals with a bit more regularity now.
That’s a concern, especially because Wolves don’t score many goals.
But maybe the solution is to just be bold and set up in a way that encourages goalscoring.
There has been a real negativity about Wolves’ style in recent weeks with this system.
Perhaps one of Max Kilman, Conor Coady or Romain Saiss needs to come out in favour of an extra attacker being thrown in. Having the likes Hwang Hee-chan, Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence in and around Raul Jimenez up top could be something that works.
The pressure should be off now. Wolves can forget the top four, and it’s a good opportunity to experiment.