Wolves supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team return to winning ways in impressive fashion over the weekend.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men went into their encounter with second place Tottenham off the back of drawing 1-1 with Fulham on Boxing Day, and thus seeking to go one better by recording what would be their eighth win of the campaign at Wembley on Saturday. And they did just that as goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez, and Helder Costa inspired the visitors to a 3-1 victory at the national stadium, in turn moving them up to seventh place in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many delighted Wolves fans up and down the country in recent times, with almost all of the 14 players used by Santo at the weekend against Spurs likely coming in for praise after an outstanding team display from the West Midlands club.
Yet one man in particular epitomised everything magnificent about last season’s Championship title winners, namely defender Conor Coady who, valued at £7.2 million by Transfermarkt, produced a stunning performance to help negate the attacking threat posed by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The 25-year-old has been a standout performer for Wolves this term upon their return to the Premier League, starting all 20 of their league games so far, and in that time producing many dominant defensive displays to help Santo’s side to the lofty heights of seventh place in the table.
And that was none-more-so evident than against Tottenham on Saturday, with the Englishman completing 45 of his 52 attempted passes to help Wolves wrestle control of the encounter – in fact, only Ruben Neves completed more passes (50) of those in a Wolves shirt (as per WhoScored).
But it was defensively in which Coady really proved his worth in doing a fine job on striker Harry Kane – the England captain may well have scored the opener for Spurs, but after that he didn’t get much of a sniff.
And that’s because 25-year-old Coady dominated proceedings in winning one of the two aerial duels he contested and indeed one of the two tackles he attempted, while his tally of two interceptions was the joint-most of any Wolves player to underline his excellent reading of the game.
Add in four clearances to help Santo’s side relieve some pressure, and the English defender was invariably in the right place at the right time to help Wolves to arguably their finest result of the season so far.
Thus, while it was a brilliant team display from Santo’s men at Wembley on Saturday, the outstanding efforts of centre back Coady epitomised everything magnificent about the Midlanders against Spurs.
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