Why Wolves should have signed Amadou Diawara
Wolves are looking like they’re going to have another solid season in the Premier League after hard-fought draws against Leicester City and Manchester United.
Their most impressive performances have actually come in Europe so far, leading 3-2 in their first-leg against Torino to qualify for the Europa League and there’s a real possibility that they’ll be prioritizing that competition over the Premier League.
There is, however, a couple of things the side is still lacking, which is a pure defensive anchor- someone who will allow their midfielders to get closer to the goal. One player they were linked with was Amadou Diawara, who has now joined Roma from Napoli.
Diawara is one of the most highly-touted young holding midfield players in the world. With Joao Moutinho not getting any younger and having a massive role in this Wolves side, he’d have been the perfect player to take some minutes off of him.
His presence would have allowed the likes of Neves and Dendoncker to play higher up the pitch, where they can affect the game from in an attacking sense.
Nuno Espirito Santo is well-known for not being very flexible with his squad. Last season, he was the manager with the least amount of rotation in the Premier League.
Repetition is a big part of coaching today and Nuno clearly wants to set patterns of play but if he wants his side to really make progress from last season, they’ll need a deeper squad that is capable of playing in multiple competitions.
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They did struggle when it came to breaking down teams that sat in a deep block last season. This time around, Wolves might come to regret their failure to land Diawara.