Things need to change for Wolverhampton Wanderers at the back for next season.

Yesterday’s 4-0 thumping at the hands of Burnley was absolutely shocking, and the performances of the three central defenders were rotten.

Perhaps given the lack of something to play for had an effect.

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But that doesn’t excuse such a bad display.

It was remarkable to see Willy Boly so off the pace, and BBC pundit Alex Scott quite rightly went in on him during her half-time analysis.

Conor Coady was also really poor, and question marks remain over his defensive capabilities.

And then there was Romain Saiss, who also really struggled operating on the right of the back three as a left-footer.

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Romain Saiss (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

The Morocco international was at fault for Burnley’s fourth goal, losing out to Jay Rodriguez by the touchline.

 

The Clarets then worked their way across the box, with Ashley Westwood smashing in an effort from the edge of the box.

Saiss has been a regular in the starting XI over the past couple of months, and recently saw his contract at Molineux extended by a further year.

That was the right decision, but what needs to happen for 2021/22 is that Nuno uses him as a squad player rather than a nailed on starter.

Saiss coming up short

It is good that Saiss will be sticking around for at least one more year, but Wolves can’t be starting him week in week out in defence if they hope to get back into contention for Europe.

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Romain Saiss (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

He has shown that he struggles when playing in a back four, and is only really decent playing in the middle of a three or on the left.

Even then he isn’t totally convincing.

Wolves should really be looking to upgrade on the £3 million man, and use him only as a means of covering for injured players and rotating next season.

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