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Pundit’s Choice: Wolves

Pundit’s Choice: Wolves

Wolves supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their team suffer a second successive Premier League defeat last time out.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s men went into their clash with Brighton at the AMEX Stadium having gone down 2-0 at home to Watford in their preceding league encounter, and thus seeking a response when they made the journey south last weekend. Yet the West Midlands club came away empty-handed as a Glenn Murray strike three minutes after half time sealed a narrow 1-0 win for the Seagulls, thus instigating Wolves’ fall to tenth place in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many disappointed Wolves fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested by a recent claim from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who suggests that Santo’s men ‘have hit a brick wall’, and that ‘they don’t look like scoring’.

And having suffered back-to-back defeats, in which they have failed to score, it’s hard to disagree with Merson’s claim, even if it is unlikely to delight the Molineux faithful.

Ultimately, Wolves made a great start to life back in the Premier League by losing just one of their opening eight league games, which included draws against Manchester City and Manchester United, alongside victories over West Ham, Burnley, Southampton, and Crystal Palace.

And while they deserve huge credit for the way they went about getting those results, taking it to the likes of City and United with some exciting attacking football, the warning signs in front of goal were there even during their unbeaten run.

Of the ten games Santo’s side have played this term, they have scored more than once on just two occasions, drawing 2-2 with Everton on the opening day before beating Southampton 2-0 at the end of September – other than that though, they have found goals hard to come by.

And while that wasn’t too much of a problem earlier in the campaign in keeping four clean sheets in their four victories, they weren’t able to keep Watford and Brighton out in their last two matches to perhaps suggest that the front men seriously need to relieve the pressure on their backline by netting at the other end.

Yes, it is still very early days and Wolves don’t look like a side that will be battling for their Premier League status come May, but back-to-back defeats will surely be something of a wake-up call for Santo and his side – and with Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea to come in their next five games, things could get tougher for the West Midlands club.

Ultimately, Wolves fans shouldn’t be too downbeat at the recent results given the start they made to the campaign, but Merson’s claim that they have ‘hit a brick wall’ certainly has some substance – they need to rediscover their mojo in the coming weeks.

As such, while Wolves supporters probably won’t like Merson’s view, it’s hard to disagree with the ex-Arsenal midfielder.

Wolves fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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