The Moroccan defender has been a huge part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season having made 20 appearances in the Premier League alone in which he has been able to grab two goals (via Transfermarkt).
Discussing Saiss and the impact he has had on the Wolves squad, Edwards spoke very highly of the full-back.
He said: “He didn’t come from a massively glitzy academy or anything like that. He’s a player that’s worked up from a fairly modest level. And I think that comes across, you can never question his commitment and you can never question his work rate and his desire.
“And players like that are invaluable. I think there comes a time where you want those players to perhaps be a bit more squad players and maybe not be the first name on the team sheet.
“You can’t ever stand still in football, but Romain Saiss, to have him around for another 12 months at least, and for him to be a very important member of the squad still, that’s really good to see, it was pleasing to hear and happy to report that.”
Did Saiss deserve the new contract?
Wolves signed the 30-year-old from Ligue 1 side Angers back in 2016 for just under £4m and has since gone on to make 72 appearances for the Wanderers in the Premier League and 66 during their time in the Championship (via Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Edwards’ comments…
As Edwards said, players like Saiss are ‘invaluable’ to have in a squad. They may not be the star player, they may not even play on a regular basis. However, every team needs a player which is as good off the field in and around the dressing room as they are off it. And it seems from Edwards’ comments Saiss is that man at Wolves who keeps morale high in the camp.
Saiss has rarely been amongst the goals since arriving at Molineux but his regular inclusion in the squad shows why Edwards highlighted his importance to the team and the significance of his new deal.