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Previously rock-solid Wolves duo are now looking worryingly vulnerable

Wolves’ defensive solidity appears to have gone missing.

Wanderers are now struggling in the Premier League, and Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace was their third in a row.

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It was a shocking display from the hosts, who appeared shell-shocked by the intensity of their opponents.

There was a lack of quality all afternoon, and the result leaves Wolves’ European football hopes in tatters.

One of the most alarming things about Wolves over the past few weeks is that the defence has looked a lot more vulnerable.

Previously the trio of Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss has been rock-solid.

But Wolves have now kept just one clean sheet in their last eight Premier League games.

Given Wolves struggle to score goals, the fact the team are now conceding is real a worry.

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Coady hasn’t been too bad although his level has dipped. But Kilman and Saiss have not looked like the same players they were at the start of the calendar year.

Saiss obviously went to AFCON and missed a few games for Wolves, and his absence appears to have had a negative impact in him. It’s as though his momentum has been disrupted.

And Kilman struggled against West Ham and was all over the place yesterday against Palace.

The 24-year-old has been so good this season.

But the last two games have been very rough for him. One does wonder if current world events might playing be on his mind.

Bruno Lage could shake things up, Kilman and Saiss could be vulnerable

Lage will be reluctant to break up the Kilman-Coady-Saiss trident.

But Wolves have been all at sea since the victory over Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Sticking with them as they struggle may well send out the wrong message. They have been great on the whole, but perhaps it is time to shake things up.

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Coady is probably not really in danger of being dropped if this system is to stay. He’s the captain, and is the only real option to play in the middle.

Willy Boly is back fit again, as is Yerson Mosquera. There’s also Toti Gomes, who did really well in Saiss’ absence recently.

If only one is to drop to bench, then it would probably be Saiss since Kilman has been so imperious for most of the season.