Sky Sports reporter and Wolves fan Johnny Phillips has been speaking on the All Together Now podcast about the loan departure of skipper Conor Coady.
Despite being the club captain and having racked up 317 appearances across all competitions for the Midlands outfit, Coady was allowed to leave on loan in a deal that may have been surprising given the fact he has featured regularly over the last few years for Wolves.
Coady joined Everton on an initial loan which allows the defender to go back home to Merseyside, however, if Max Kilman or Nathan Collins pick up an injury, Bruno Lage will once again be left with very few options to choose from.
Phillips has voiced his concerns over the sanctioning of this deal by Wolves.
He said: “It’s a great deal for Everton and it’s a really good deal for Conor. It doesn’t make any sense for Wolves, but as the chairman, Jeff Shi has sort of hinted they felt that they couldn’t stand in Conor’s way after everything that Conor had done for Wolves over these last few years and he left with their blessing. But it’s not a move that makes particular sense for Wolves.
Will Wolves regret letting Coady leave?
“They’re not blessed with a lot of defensive options, and although Conor isn’t currently first-choice, you could see a way for him to get back in the team. But for the player himself, it’s a great move.”
TIF Thoughts on Coady departing…
From the outside looking in, Wolves letting go of someone who’s been part of the furniture for several years may be a very rash and strange decision, however, with Lage changing formation this season, it does appear that is what has signalled Coady’s time at the club to come to a halt – especially when you consider he rarely misses a game when fit.
Coady may feel as if playing in a system that suits him is the best thing for his career and his confidence – and that was something no longer going to be on offer at Wolves. Hopefully, he can now find plenty of minutes and form at Goodison Park to get to the World Cup, though this doesn’t bode well as far as his long-term future at Molineux is concerned.