Yesterday’s 4-0 defeat to Burnley was arguably Wolverhampton Wanderers’ worst defeat of the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s pack came up so far short at Molineux, with the Clarets superior in every department.

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Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Strangely, the manager deployed the three/five-man defence, which basically encouraged Burnley to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Wolves were passive, conservative and lethargic, and there was never any danger of the hosts taking points off their opponents.

What is so disappointing is that the players just didn’t display the urgency to try and turn things around.

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Daniel Podence (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

It was an unacceptable display, and now, Nuno needs to ensure that showings like this won’t be tolerated or replicated.

He needs to send out a message by making a string of changes against West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

 

Nuno has to show ruthlessness

If Nuno goes and fields largely the same XI against the Baggies, then it sends out the wrong message.

It says he tolerates mediocrity.

There isn’t a threat of relegation, so Nuno should feel comfortable drafting in some rarely seen faces.

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Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The likes of Ki-Jana Hoever, Vitinha, Theo Corbeanu, Owen Otasowie, Max Kilman and Fabio Silva should really all be given chances.

Otherwise, Nuno’s strong comments after the Burnley defeat will seem very hollow.

Unfortunately, the 47-year-old can be quite stubborn and has continually picked players who have underperformed this season, so it would no surprise to see largely the same faces picked to face the Albion next Monday.

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