In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull, who is Wolves’ all-time top scorer, believes his former side are sitting too deep in games and thinks it may be down to the lack of a box-to-box midfielder.
Since winning promotion back to the Premier League, Nuno Espirito Santo has opted for a midfield duo of Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves with the pair of them playing a combined total of 149 Premier League games in the 2018-19 and 2019/20 campaigns.
Moutinho will be turning 35-years-old later this year which may see him lose a yard of pace and struggle to dominate the midfield as he has done for the past three years in the Midlands.
Speaking on how Mutinho’s age is forcing him to adapt his game and how this impacts the way Wolves play, Bull told FFC:
“I’m not being disrespectful here but I think Moutinho’s doing that now, sitting back and keeping everything intact, him and Neves are probably sitting too far back.
“They’re two similar players so when we’ve got wingers going forward, there’s only one player in the box when we need two or three to be in there.
“That’s why we need a box-to-box midfielder, but to pick one of them to stay in the side I don’t know. For not giving the ball away, Moutinho, but for passing the ball 40 yards perfectly, Neves. They’re two different players but they’re both sitting too deep.”
Neves was with Wolves in the Championship but Motuinho only joined when they reached the Premier League and they’ve formed a strong partnership over the past three years.