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Wolves would risk being ridiculed, but back five revert should now be considered

12 games into the 2022/23 season, and Wolves are second-bottom of the Premier League.

The team have won just two games so far and most alarmingly, have scored just five goals.

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That is a truly embarrassing return, for a squad supposedly packed with so much attacking quality.

Bruno Lage was sacked a few weeks ago, but his removal has not helped with the scoring of goals.

And while Wolves have continued to be toothless in attack, the defending has gradually been getting worse.

Wolves shipped just three goals in their first six Premier League games of the season.

But in their last six, they have conceded 14 which is really worrying.

Admittedly, Collins was unavailable for three and a half of those games. He was definitely missed against West Ham United and Chelsea.

But even in the last couple of games, that defensive solidity just isn’t there anymore.

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That’s why it might be time for Steve Davis to consider reverting the formation. Perhaps Toti Gomes should come in as a left sided centre-back. Or maybe Yerson Mosquera could be given a chance as a right sided centre-back.

Wolves’ goal output while playing with a back four has been atrocious.

So, would it really take away that much from Wolves in attack by going back to the old system? In theory, Wolves would potentially become a bit more solid and perhaps hit teams on the counter – a tactic that has been really effective in the past with the likes of Adama Traore.

Back five is something Steve Davis may now have to consider

If Wolves went ahead and did this, there would plenty of ridiculing from fans of other clubs no doubt.

Especially since the player most suited to playing in a back three – Conor Coady – is no longer in the picture.

But both Collins and Maximilian Kilman have experience of playing in a three, as does Toti.

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If Wolves can get back to being solid at the back, it then gives the attacking players a good basis to work from.

It’s five defeats in the last six with 14 conceded. That is an alarming run of form and something needs to change.

Many Wolves fans would probably be against switching back to the old system, but the current formation and tactics simply aren’t bringing in the points. And keeping clean sheets is crucial to picking up points.