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Offloading Conor Coady was surely the most questionable decision Wolves made in 2022

2022 has been a turbulent year to say the least for Wolves.

Things started off so promisingly, with European football at the end of 2021/22 looking a genuine possibility at one stage.

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But poor results saw Wolves finish 10th, and this term it’s been a real struggle for Wanderers.

Julen Lopetegui has replaced Bruno Lage now, and the hope is that he’ll be able to call on all his experience and pedigree to guide Wolves to safety in 2022/23.

There were actually so many questionable decisions made by the club in 2022.

Sticking with Lage for as long as they did when he had supposedly lost the players by the end of last season.

Loaning out Fabio Silva before getting a replacement, only for Raul Jimenez to then suffer an injury ahead of the new season.

Loaning Adama Traore to Barcelona and negotiating an option to buy clause that was never likely to be triggered.

Signing Sasa Kalajdzic, a player with a history of knee injuries, only for him to do his ACL on his debut.

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But perhaps the most questionable decision Wolves made in 2022 was the one to offload a number of experienced players, specifically Conor Coady.

Wanderers brought in some exciting players in the last window like Matheus Nunes and Goncalo Guedes.

But Coady, Romain Saiss, Willy Boly, John Ruddy, Leander Dendoncker and Fernando Marcal were all let go.

The offloading of so many leaders and characters has undoubtedly had a negative impact on Wolves.

The departure of Coady in particular was just bizarre.

Bruno Lage changed the system to a back four, and deemed Coady unsuitable for that formation.

After being named on the bench for the first game against Leeds United, Coady then completed a loan move to Everton days later.

Coady has since said that he felt that something was coming, and that he had to go in order to get regular game time.

The suggestion has been that Wolves were happy to make something happen for him because of everything he has done for the club.

Wolves made it absolutely easy for him. He joined the Toffees on loan and Wolves have no option to recall him.

And reports have suggested Everton can buy him for just £4.5 million next year which, if true, is inexplicable.

Conor Coady exit was Wolves’ most questionable decision of 2022

Wolves loaning their club captain to a Premier League rival was such a strange thing to do.

And that reported buy option is genuinely unfathomable.

This is an England international and proven performer at Premier League level. And Wolves have essentially just given him away, because Everton will definitely trigger that clause if it is indeed £4.5 million.

That’s because he’s been great for the Toffees since his move, ironically playing in a back four as well.

Coady and James Tarkowski have been really good as a pairing, which makes Wolves’ decision to get rid look even worse. Even if he wasn’t playing that well, Everton would trigger that clause because it is so low.

There are many better centre-backs out there than Coady. Perhaps Nathan Collins falls into this category.

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But there are very few better leaders than him, and Wolves moving him on has had a disastrous impact on the dressing room.

In some games this season, the fight just hasn’t been there in Coady’s absence. There has also been cases of players not acknowledging supporters after games. Arguably, things like this wouldn’t happen with someone like Coady around.

It remains to be seen how Wolves get on for the rest of the season. But right now, that decision to offload Coady looks the worst of 2022.