Birmingham news Nuno must take some blame for slump & the button Wolves won't press PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Wolverhampton Wanderers fell to a 2-1 defeat to Everton on Tuesday night despite Ruben Neves' second goal in as many Premier League games
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! It was a familiar story for Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night as Michael Keane’s late goal handed them another defeat. The Everton defender climbed above Romain Saiss to head home with 13 minutes remaining at Molineux after Ruben Neves had earlier cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s opener. Wolves are left in 14th place, well off the pace for the European places, and in the midst of a slump which has seen them collect five points from the last 24 on offer in the Premier League. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Nuno must take some blame It feels like this season is getting away from Wolves and we haven’t even reached the halfway point yet. A third successive seventh-placed finish looks out of reach and at this stage a top half finish is a big ask. Wolves have an 11-point cushion on 18th-placed Fulham, though the Cottagers do have three games in hand on Nuno’s side. Nevertheless, it doesn’t feel like Wolves are in much danger of being dragged into a relegation scrap. It is, however, time to begin scrutinising the poor planning which has wrecked Wolves’ league campaign. This isn’t exactly a crisis but Newcastle United - whose fans are calling for Steve Bruce’s head - have reached that stage and they could move ahead of Wolves with victory in their game in hand. For three years Wolves have had the most impressive injury record in the country and, unsurprisingly, that’s led to continuity and success on the field. Nuno has gambled on that past success and failed to prepare for the injury crisis Wolves have suffered this season. Raul Jimenez’s fractured skull couldn’t have been predicted but other clubs have squads deep enough in quality to cope. Wolves have lost five of the eight league games they’ve played without him which tells the story. Injuries to two of Wolves’ wide forwards, Adama Traore and Daniel Podence, left Nuno with a forward trio all under the age of 21 against Everton. In two or three years Wolves will probably reap the rewards of the platform which has been provided to their youngsters over the last couple of months - but will their established stars be around to see it? Is Ruben Neves, who was superb versus Everton, going to wait around for Wolves to transition into a team capable of challenging for Europe again? Will Traore, Pedro Neto and Podence stick it out? The same can be said for Leander Dendoncker and a few others. Read More Related Articles Wolves player ratings vs Everton: Ruben Neves stars but Fabio Silva struggles again Read More Related Articles Wolves missing talisman, shirt swapping questioned - How the national media reported on Wolves' defeat Fabio Silva isn’t ready Again, I feel like a broken record because this is something everyone who watches Wolves has been saying for weeks.
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. However, it’s difficult to overlook the fanfare in which he arrived to back in September. Chairman Jeff Shi suggested Silva has the potential to become a ‘generational talent’ and claimed he was one of the best young strikers in Europe. Comments like that go a long way to justifying such an uncharacteristically enormous outlay on a player who is still yet to prove himself at senior level. But Silva’s performances so far haven’t matched up and it’s quite clear that he isn’t ready to start games in the Premier League. What’s worse is that Silva, who has been struggling in his natural position through the middle, was asked to play out wide against Everton and looked completely lost. With Patrick Cutrone back in the building there’s no excuse to keep flogging Silva and leaving him open to criticism that he doesn’t need. Fosun won’t press the panic button Other clubs would be throwing cash around in the January transfer window after such a poor run of results, but that isn’t Fosun’s style and it isn’t likely to change. The need for better quality players is obvious but it wouldn’t come as a surprise to many if Wolves waited until the summer before making alterations to their squad. The returns of Morgan Gibbs-White and Cutrone have given Nuno a couple more options and Wolves are hopeful that a few of their injured stars will return in the coming weeks. It’s frustrating and it probably means Wolves will plod along to a forgetful finish in the league, but panic buying isn’t part of Fosun’s philosophy. West Brom is must win Wolves need a feel-good victory to lift some of the doom and gloom which has been created by a miserable six weeks of Premier League results. A derby day against Albion, 19th with one win from 17 games, gives Wolves the perfect chance to appease their frustrated fanbase. Wolves fans have been waiting a good while for this match after the dark day of February 12, 2012 and anything other than a win won’t cut it. Nuno can’t change an awful lot in terms of personnel with Traore - providing he recovers from a slight hamstring problem in time - and Cutrone the two most likely players to come into the starting XI.
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