This Wolves player ‘has to start’ as Jesus Vallejo handed a boost vs Burnley
Raul Jimenez spared Wolverhampton Wanderers’ blushes against Burnley at Molineux with a stoppage time penalty.
The Mexican striker won the spot-kick at the death before stepping up to convert his sixth goal of the season with aplomb.
Ashley Barnes had earlier given Burnley the lead with a wonderfully taken effort from range but Jimenez ensured Wolves maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
Here are our findings from Molineux:
Bennett pushing his luck
Ryan Bennett won’t want to watch this game back. The centre-back’s place in Nuno’s starting XI has never been guaranteed with someone always waiting in the wings ready to pounce.
That man is now on-loan Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo, who put in a top class display against Torino on Thursday evening. In response, Bennett would have wanted to exert his authority against Burnley’s physical attack.
He did anything but, making a series of untimely errors. One of Bennett’s misplaced headers landed at Barnes’ feet and he slammed the ball home from range.
Vallejo is expected to come back into the starting XI on Thursday and a third excellent showing in a row could see the Spaniard creep into Nuno’s Premier League side.
Adama has to start
Watch the video below as our Wolves reporter Alex Dicken discusses whether Traore should be in the starting XI
Wolves lacked pace
It wasn’t just Traore Wolves were missing. This looked like the perfect game for him and Ruben Vinagre to maraud down the flanks.
With the two speed demons sat behind Nuno on the bench, Matt Doherty and Jonny Castro Otto struggled to penetrate Burnley.
Doherty is clearly still short of match sharpness and didn’t offer much of an outlet down the right, while Jonny’s crossing from the opposite flank was invariably terrible.
Moutinho looks spent
Joao Moutinho looked like a player starting his eighth game in the space of a month. Football heaven ended at seven on Thursday I’m afraid.
The majestic midfielder is so often the man who makes Wolves tick but Burnley’s combative midfield did a number on them.
Unlike his teammates, Moutinho hasn’t been afforded a rest this season and the relentless shifts in the engine room are beginning to take their toll.
He still has two huge games against Torino and Everton to help Wolves negotiate before the international break, where he may well be involved with Portugal.
Nuno believes he’s found the perfect remedy to Wolves’ early season fatigue, though, in rewarding the players with a day off on Monday.
The Portuguese normally drills his players for six hours per day at Compton Park but he’ll allow them to spend Bank Holiday Monday with their families.
He hopes it will be the perfect tonic ahead of a huge week for the club with a place in the Europa League group stage and Premier League points up for grabs.