Wolves journalist Tim Spiers has commented on the lack of quality in depth at the club following their game against Burnley.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have been incredibly unlucky when it comes to injuries this season and that problem continued this past game when it came to team selection with their game against Burnley, a game in which they were thrashed 4-0 at home.
It hasn’t just been injuries either with midfielder Ruben Neves having to spend time away from the squad following a positive test ahead of their recent game with Fulham, but he still started the match despite not properly training.
Wolves are in a safe space in the table, not fighting against relegation or competing for a place in Europe, which would usually lend itself to players being ‘on the beach’ and trying out players ahead of next season. But speaking on the Molineux View podcast (13:10), Spiers doesn’t seem to think there will be many changes incoming for the upcoming Black Country derby:
“You know, you look at the fact he made no changes at halftime. You look ahead to next week’s game against Albion. Can he make wholesale changes next week? You can say he can and give the kids ago but I don’t think he will, because he just hasn’t got that experience on the bench at all. Like I say he doesn’t trust [Owen] Otasowie. They had to play Neves reluctantly; he hadn’t trained and I think it showed.”
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TIF Thoughts on Tim Spiers’ comments about Wolves’ team selection
Spiers’ comments do highlight that whilst Wolves do have some spare bodies when it comes to their squad, there is clearly something of a drop-off when it comes to quality in those players, perhaps best exemplified by the return that Fabio Silva has given them this season.
And if he isn’t willing to give young players like Otasowie a go, then it does say something about the lack of quality that the club have coming through the academy if Nuno doesn’t trust them to play when there’s nothing on the line.