Wolves suffer frustrating blow as Leeds United transfer is discussed
UEFA have confirmed that Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Europa League fixture with Slovan Bratislava will be played behind closed doors.
The Slovakian club had lodged an appeal after UEFA charged them for the racist behaviour of their supporters in a play-off tie with PAOK back in August.
UEFA originally handed the sanction on August 30, but have now dismissed their appeal meaning the fate of the fixture with Wolves is sealed.
The club is also ordered to display a banner with the wording #EqualGame, with the UEFA logo on and fined €50,000.
Costa’s struggles analysed
When Helder Costa completed his move to Leeds United, it was a move that seemed a no brainer for all parties.
In Costa, Leeds signed a player who had a track record of Championship success. The Portuguese winger enjoyed a stunning start to life in England in 2016/17, before playing a key role in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ promotion a season later.
For the player, the move to Elland Road provided Costa a welcome chance to rediscover the form that led many Wolves fans to label him the best to don an old gold shirt in a generation.
And finally, for Wolves, they are set to net a healthy £15m next summer, when the deal is made permanent. A hefty fee for a player Nuno Espirito Santo had seemingly deemed surplus to requirements.
But two months into his first season with the Whites, Costa has endured a difficult start to life in Yorkshire. Initially a substitute, he was made to wait for his first start in the league. But after being given three starts on the spin, he has failed to grasp his opportunity, being hauled off by Marcelo Bielsa in their latest defeat to Millwall.
So what has gone wrong?
Costa was made to wait for his league start – why is that?
BC: “Costa made his full league debut for the Whites on September 28, the ninth Championship game of the season. The Portuguese had to wait because of the presence of Pablo Hernandez, in the main.
“Marcelo Bielsa is a creature of habit and he was always going to come into this new season with as many of last term’s trusted lieutenants as possible. That meant Hernandez, Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich and Jack Harrison began as first choices across the four midfield slots.
“It’s a similar situation with Eddie Nketiah waiting for his chance behind Patrick Bamford. The latter has simply had longer with Bielsa to bed in and acclimatise to the way he works. The trouble is, once you’re behind in the pecking order it’s very hard to get your foot in the door at Elland Road. Bielsa generally only makes changes for injuries and suspensions. Hernandez picked up an injury and Costa finally got his chance.”
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves has labelled the decision to charge Man City’s Bernardo Silva over a social media post as ‘absurd’.
The Portuguese international was speaking after Silva has been charged by the Football Association for bringing the game into disrespute. The charge follows a Tweet that Silva posted in relation to his City colleague Benjamin Mendy.
The FA decided that he had used insulting or improper words in the tweet and now faces, what could be, a lengthy ban.
Silva has until October 21 to respond to the charge, but his compatriot Neves feels the charge is completely unfounded.
“I think it is absurd,” Neves said. “Anyone who knows Bernardo knows what kind of person he is – he’s an excellent and very playful person. When you have confidence with a friend, like he has with Mendy, nobody can have anything to say.”
Danny Mills has heaped praise on Nuno Espirito Santo after his side ‘did a job’ on Manchester City.
The former City defender was reflecting on the performance that saw Wolverhampton Wanderers contain their host’s attacking prowess, before picking them off on the break.
Adama Traore scored two goals in the final ten minutes, to condemn Pep Guardiola‘s men to a second defeat of the burgeoning Premier League season.
Mills, speaking to Football Insider, has claimed that Nuno’s tactical tweaks, were the key to his side earning a memorable victory.
The Portuguese surprised many by starting attacking full backs in Traore and Ruben Vinagre, before moving the former into a centre forward position with 20 minutes to go.
“They came and did a job, we saw that last year,” Mills said.
Ratings so far
As we now go into another international break, we take a look at how every player has got on so far. Wolves reporter Alex Dicken has rated every old gold player after every Premier League game.
Here’s how they have fared and how they rank alongside their teammates:
Note: Four players have not been included as they have played less than 180 minutes in the league, their rating are as follows: Ruben Vinagre (6.50), Pedro Neto (5.80), Morgan Gibbs-White (5.50) and Jesus Vallejo (5.00).
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1. Adama Traore – 7.43 (Mins played 471)
Who would have thought that a player many questioned in the summer, would be unquestionably Wolves’ player of the season so far?
He has become a vital cog in Nuno’s counter attacking plan and whether utilised at right wing-back or up top, he has thrived.
Rivalling Matt Doherty is no easy task, but the Spaniard is now an able deputy, with many believing he warrants a start most weeks.
And that Etihad performance, will live long in the memory. As close to perfect as possible.
2. Joao Moutinho – 6.94 (Mins played 630)
After a surprising name at the top of the list, second in the running will raise no eyebrows.
The 33-year-old continues to defy his advancing years and has been comfortably the best Wolves midfield player again. His calmness and composure is a joy to behold and his wave to the South Bank when he takes corners still makes thousands burst into spontaneous applause.
Sign him up!
3. Rui Patricio – 6.81 (Mins played 681)
The Portuguese came to the club in the summer of 2018 with a repuatation as one of the best keepers in Europe and his start to the season has done nothing to harm that opinion.
One area that had been pinpointed for improvement was his distribution, but this season there have been no such issues. Absolutely irreplaceable.