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James Tarkowski lauds Conor Coady's leadership following star's great start after leaving Wolves

James Tarkowski has lavished praise on Conor Coady for his leadership, following the England star’s excellent start to life at Goodison Park after leaving Wolves.

The 29-year-old defender joined the Toffees on loan in the summer.

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The move surprised a lot of people.

It was not so much him actually leaving. It was more the club’s decision to sanction a loan exit that many people couldn’t really understand.

It has since been reported that Everton can sign Coady for around £4.5 million next year as per the clause they negotiated with Wolves.

Coady said he felt like something was coming at Wolves, and decided the pursue an exit.

The club made it easy for him, given his past contributions for the club.

And since moving to Everton, he has really impressed.

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The man he’s been playing alongside, Tarkowski, has been speaking about the Wolves man and his leadership qualities.

He told talkSPORT: “He’s (Jordan Pickford) been doing it for years now and Coady’s experience, he’s one of the best leaders I’ve seen. The way that he talks and the way he plays so it’s been a pleasure to play with both of them.”

Coady has been ever-present for the Toffees since his move, making 12 appearances in the Premier League so far. he has played 90 minutes in all but one of those games.

Ironically, Coady has really excelled playing in a back four, something Bruno Lage felt he couldn’t do.

Everton are benefiting from Conor Coady’s leadership, while Wolves are wilting without it

It is right to say that Wolves have a good centre-back pairing with Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman.

The £20 million signing from Burnley has proven to be a great addition so far.

But equally, it is also probably fair to say that Wolves are really missing Coady’s presence.

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He was a good player for Wolves, but it was his leadership qualities that were so crucial.

So far this term, it has really felt like Wolves have been lacking leaders and characters on the pitch. At times, it’s felt as though there has been a lack of desire and belief.

Aside from Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, there just isn’t much there now in terms of leadership and that is something that could potentially make this a long old season.