Willy Boly is back in the picture at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Ivorian centre-back returned to the bench against Manchester United before the international break after recovering from a hamstring injury he picked up in pre-season.
The 30-year-old sustained the injury against Real Betis.
Some anticipated that Boly would be brought back into the starting XI against Watford.
But Bruno Lage again named him on the bench, keeping the faith with Max Kilman, Conor Coady and Romain Saiss.
It was a bold move, but in the end the manager’s decision was vindicated.
Wolves kept their first Premier League clean sheet of the season.
Wolves actually probably looked better in the three 1-0 defeats than they did on Saturday, but Lage and his players will absolutely take the result and clean sheet.
It will be interesting to see what the 45-year-old does against Brentford in terms of his defence.
Kilman, Coady and Saiss have played all five of Wolves’ games so far in 2021/22, and have actually been pretty good on the whole.
Clearly Lage has been happy with what he has seen, hence why he stuck with the trio last weekend.
It might be that Boly – who signed for Wolves for £10 million (BBC Sport) – now has to wait a little before being reintroduced.
Lage shows his loyalty
Lage clearly trusts in his process.
He can see the positive signs, and is willing to stick by players that are playing well despite not always getting the right result.
One wonders how long Boly will need to wait before coming back in.
On paper, he is arguably Wolves’ best centre-back.
As impressive as Wolves have been offensively, there is no denying the current back three have been good as a collective so far, and they probably deserve to continue starting for the time being.