Wolves managed to secure a huge three points against Leicester City, but there was no place in the matchday squad for Willy Boly yesterday.
The centre-half has sadly been dogged by fitness issues this season.
The star had been struggling again recently with a calf problem. The last time he was in a matchday squad for Wolves was the Brighton game back in mid-December.
Ahead of Sunday’s clash with Leicester, Bruno Lage had declared that he finally had a fully fit squad to choose from (via BBC Sport).
Presumably then, Boly is capable of playing at least some minutes.
But the 31-year-old was actually overlooked by the manager for his 18-man squad.
The players on the bench were John Ruddy, Fernando Marcal, Pedro Neto, Francisco Trincao, Fabio Silva, Jonny Castro Otto, Toti Gomes, Hwang Hee-chan and Luke Cundle.
Arguably, it was the strongest squad Lage has named all season.
And that Boly wasn’t included was very interesting.
At the end of the day, he is an experienced Premier League player. If he was fit to play, as Lage had suggested everybody was, then why didn’t he make the squad?
It potentially shows where Lage is at right now in terms of his defensive pecking order.
Willy Boly being left out entirely of Wolves squad vs Leicester was an interesting call from Lage
That young Gomes kept his place in the matchday squad perhaps speaks volumes.
Maybe it was down to Boly lacking match sharpness. But then, he can’t possibly build that if he doesn’t even make a squad.
He did fantastically in the absence of Romain Saiss, and has clearly made a big impression on Lage.
It is difficult to look at any of those players on the bench and say they didn’t deserve to be a part of the squad.
It’s going to be fascinating now to see the teamsheet for the Arsenal game on Thursday.
If Boly isn’t included again, it really will speak volumes about his role within the squad.
Of course, there were claims in January that the club would listen to offers for the Ivory Coast international.
One wonders whether that’s something the club will ultimately do this summer, unless there’s a big renaissance.