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The surprising thing about Marcal since he joined Wolves

It is a year to the day that Wolverhampton Wanderers completed a move for Fernando Marcal.

The Brazilian arrived at Molineux in what was a rather out-of-the-blue transfer, which set Wolves back just £1.78 million (BBC Sport).

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That was deemed great business. The South American had just been a part of a side that reached a Champions League semi-final, after all.

Fast-forward 12 months, and it has turned out to be a little bit of an underwhelming signing, despite the very low cost.

Unfortunately, Marcal struggled to stay fit in his first season with Wolves.

To be fair the warning signs were there given he also had lots of injury problems at Lyon.

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But Marcal has managed to make 16 appearances to date for Wolves. And there’s something interesting about his time at Molineux so far.

The 32-year-old is yet to play as a left-sided centre-back for Wolves.

That is a position he played 20 times (via Transfermarkt) over his last two seasons at Lyon.

It is just interesting that neither Nuno Espirito Santo nor Bruno Lage (so far) have wanted to use him in a position he did really well in before his move to the club.

Especially given the lack of centre-back options at the club.

A surprise we haven’t see it

With Wolves playing a back three/five, and Marcal often operating as a left centre-back at Lyon, it is something of a surprise we haven’t seen him play the position a single time at Molineux.

It is even more surprising when it is clear Marcal is not the most effective wing-back.

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One wonders if Lage might eventually consider using Marcal in the three and unleashing Rayan Ait-Nouri as the wing-back.

The Frenchman is much more threatening going forwards. The no-nonsense Marcal could perhaps be better used filling the space his teammate vacates.