Wolves: Liam Keen talks plans for central defender in the January transfer window

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Wolves journalist Liam Keen has given his thoughts on the club and their plans over potential plans to buy a central defender in the January transfer window.

The centre of defence has been a bit of an odd position for Bruno Lage’s men this season.

Whilst they do have a lot of bodies registered with them, a combination of injuries to the likes of Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera, Moroccan Romain Saiss being on international duty and Lage’s tactical choice to play three central defenders means they don’t have a lot of depth available to them.

And with the January window upon us, Wolves do have the chance to add a few more bodies to their ranks to help see them through the season and continue their push towards European football.

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Speaking on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, following on from a point made by host Nathan Judah about the state of centre-backs at the club, Keen discussed what they might end up doing, factoring in Toti Gomes and his performance after his surprise inclusion against Southampton, as well as Saiss being set to return from the Africa Cup of Nations in a few weeks’ time.

Keen believed that given the options that are now available to the Wolves boss, they might not end up having to make any signings in that position.

He said: “It starts to look increasingly unlikely, doesn’t it? When you mentioned Saiss is potentially going miss only a couple of games. Gomes did very well, [Dion] Sanderson’s there in the squad, but it’s looking more likely now that he might go back out on loan again.”

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It certainly is something that Lage has to think carefully about when it comes to striking the right balance at Molineux.

Because he’s going to have to weigh up making sure that the team have enough players available to them, whilst at the same time making sure that players aren’t being left out of the side and getting frustrated – or in the case of a young defender like Dion Sanderson, that he is developing as well as he possibly could be.

So it will be interesting to see how Lage deals with this situation moving forward, although with less than two weeks to go until the window closes, he will have to make his mind up quickly before it’s too late.

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