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Andy Thompson hails Willy Boly after another solid showing for Wolves

Former Wolves full-back Andy Thompson praised Willy Boly after his performance in the win over Aston Villa.

The Ivory Coast international was named as a starter in the back three along with Conor Coady and Max Kilman.

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Romain Saiss was among the substitutes for Wolves following exertions for Morocco over the international break.

Prior to Saturday, Boly had only made two appearances in the Premier League.

He featured in the 4-0 win over Watford, and also played in the 3-2 defeat to Leeds United.

He was selected once again by Bruno Lage to do a job against Villa, and the star put in a fantastic performance.

Boly made seven clearances in the game, which was the most of any player from either side. He also made three interceptions, again the most of any player (via Sofascore).

It was an impressively assured performance from a player who hasn’t seen much football this season, and former Molineux full-back Thompson went as far as to say he was the game’s standout player, rather than Joao Moutinho or Fabio Silva who really both shone.

He said (via Wolves offical): “I think Boly was probably my Man of the Match, the way he defended, the way he stepped into things, challenging.

“I always thought he was a great player. But he was struggling to get into the side with the way Saiss and Kilman had been playing. He had Covid and injuries, but there’s no doubt about it, he’s a top quality player.”

It remains to be seen if he did enough to keep his starting place against Newcastle United on Friday.

Wolves fans know how Lage feels about Saiss. The 32-year-old could very easily come back in after a rest.

Willy Boly looking something like his old self for Wolves

This was another really promising showing from Boly in a Wolves shirt.

It’s really unfortunate how little he’s been able to feature this term.

But he is looking pretty good when called upon, and it bodes well for him if he hopes to stick around at Molineux.

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Hopefully Boly can just stay fit for Wanderers until the end of the campaign.

It would be good if he could get the odd appearance here and there to keep him ticking over. It would be a real shame to see him depart this summer, so hopefully he’ll show that there won’t be any chance of that.

When he’s fit and in form, Boly really is a formidable defender.