Tim Spiers thinks that Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo needs to do more to get the Wolves forwards firing.
It’s no secret that Wolves have been struggling when it comes to getting goals ever since Raul Jimenez went down with a fractured skull earlier in the season. Goals have been spread amongst the players in the squad rather than having one or two dominant players like they did last season in the form of Jimenez and Diogo Jota.
Speaking on the latest edition of The Molineux View podcast, Spiers said that whilst there has been some improvement from Pedro Neto, who scored the winner against Southampton on the weekend, there still needs to be a lot of work done when it comes to the other forwards in the squad, and the responsibility to get more out of them fell on one man.
He said: “If [Willian] Jose is not going to score many, and we know, sorry to say, Fabio Silva is not going to score many, then you’ve got to say it’s up to Pedro Neto to step up.
“Raul Jimenez is finally no longer Wolves’ top scorer. He’s finally been overtaken by Neto now, who’s on five, Jimenez was on four. So yeah, as incredibly talented as these guys are, it’s time for Nuno to get more out of them in front of goal.”
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TIF Thoughts on Tim Spiers’ comments about Wolves and Nuno Espirito Santo…
Spiers’ words, and indeed Wolves’ season, just shows how reliant they have been on players like Jimenez – scorer of 27 alone last term – in the past few seasons. So this season really should act as a wake-up call to not only Nuno, but the rest of the squad as well.
Whilst as head coach, Nuno takes some responsibility for not adapting to the season well and coaching up the players to the standard required so they didn’t suffer such a major drop off in production, some of that does fall onto the players as well.
Given the high standards they have set themselves since promotion, they needed to take some of it on themselves, if not for the club’s sake then at least for their own good to perhaps showcase why they need to be in the team, or if they want to put themselves in the shop window for another team, perhaps.