Wolverhampton Wanderers’ defensive struggles have been well documented this season.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been very vulnerable at the back in 2020/21, especially in the four-at-the-back formation.

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Luckily, there has been just enough firepower up top to keep Wolves away from the relegation zone.

Arguably the biggest staple of Wolves’ defence is Willy Boly.

The Ivorian defender is probably the best natural defender at the club, and his absence is most definitely felt whenever he doesn’t play.

At the moment, the 30-year-old is on the sidelines recovering from his second injury of the season, and is reportedly due back next month.

The team may have done surprisingly well against Leicester City recently, but clean sheets without Boly are actually something of a rarity.

 

In the last 23 Premier League games the club have played without him, they’ve managed just two clean sheets, which really does highlight his massive importance to the side.

Boly is a force for Wolves

Wolves are clearly a stronger defensive outfit with £67,000-a-week star Boly (Spotrac) patrolling at the back, and his injury absence is a real blow.

Some tricky games against some attack-minded sides are coming up, such as Leeds United, Aston Villa and Liverpool, and those games become even more difficult without the former FC Porto rock.

Hopefully the likes of Max Kilman and Romain Saiss can really step up in his absence.

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