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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Wolverhampton Wanderers pushed fierce rivals West Bromwich Albion closer to relegation with a point at The Hawthorns on Bank Holiday Monday. Fabio Silva gave Wolves the lead in first half stoppage time before Mbaye Diagne cancelled it out with a header on the hour mark. Both teams pushed for a winner as the rain poured down but the final Black Country derby of the season ended all square. Wolves have consolidated 12th place with four games to go but Albion are 10 points from safety and look destined for an immediate return to the Championship. Here are our Wolves-related findings from The Hawthorns... Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now More Vitinha please Given the way Vitinha has performed in each of his three Premier League starts this season, it’s astonishing that he hasn’t played much, much more. He was the stand-out player on the pitch against Albion and showed all the midfield craft and invention Wolves have lacked of late. Wolves have hard workers, they have physicality and Ruben Neves is capable of controlling games from deep, but Nuno’s midfield often misses attacking threat. Vitinha provided that in spades against Albion and was involved in most of the good attacking moments Wolves created. His final pass could have been better at times, admittedly, but Vitinha was getting into positions and creating angles that no other Wolves midfielder has during this campaign. Read More Related Articles Wolves player ratings vs West Brom: Vitinha impresses as Fabio Silva scores in another derby Read More Related Articles Nuno makes concerning Willy Boly revelation after Wolves draw with West Brom Fabio Silva makes his point Silva was equally effective and remarkably could end the season as Wolves’ top scorer if he finishes with a little flurry. The 18-year-old was starting his first league game since the defeat to Albion at Molineux on January 16 and kept up his 100 percent record of scoring in the derby. Reacting to Silva’s performance, Nuno said: “He had a good game today and I truly believe that Fabio, with his talent, the moment that he’s able to match the physical part of the game required in the Premier League he will become better.” It’s clear that he is already far more effective in the Premier League than Willian Jose, who doesn’t offer anything like the mobility of his young teammate. Silva’s enthusiasm and clever positional play makes up for his lack of physicality which, in time, should come naturally. (Image: PA) Some sympathy for Otasowie Judging by Nuno’s reaction to Owen Otasowie’s first few involvements watchers could have been forgiven for thinking the US international might not make it to half-time without being hooked.
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. It was just Otasowie’s second Premier League start and, like at Burnley in December, Nuno asked him to play in an unfamiliar position. To the bemusement of almost everyone watching Otasowie lined up on the right of Wolves’ midfield - a position that he’s probably only played in first team training in the lead up to the derby. Nuno stresses his preference for versatile players on an almost daily basis, but a young player also needs to feel confidence - from his manager and within himself - when breaking into senior football. Confidence couldn’t have been coursing through Otasowie’s veins when he discovered where he would be playing in his latest Premier League outing.
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A sign of things to come? Willy Boly’s absence prompted Nuno to switch to a back four again with Conor Coady and Romain Saiss at centre-back. Nuno’s preference of late has been a three-man defence but it’s clear his mind hasn’t been made up as to how Wolves will line up next season. This was one of the more encouraging defensive displays with a back four. Aside from a 15-minute spell before Diagne’s goal, Albion didn’t create an awful lot to worry Wolves’ defence. The defending of Coady and Saiss has been a concern this season and while the captain looked assured, his partner allowed Diagne to find space far too easily for the goal. There’s a lot to work on but the return of a fully fit and healthy Boly is the most important thing right now.
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