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Santo’s largely unaltered Wolves team selections has created recent complacency

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Santo’s largely unaltered Wolves team selections has created recent complacency

Nuno Santo was able to call upon a settled side for the opening weeks of Wolves’ first season back in the Premier League.

That consistency in terms of team selection is seen as a very good thing when results are positive. Relationships can be built, every player knows their specific role and momentum can build.

But as Wolves undergo their first sticky period of the season thanks to underwhelming defeats to Watford and Brighton, it is fair to ask whether that consistency of selection has led to complacency.

 

The flip side of keeping a settled side is that it perhaps allows one or two players to take their foot off the gas; they know they will get back in week after week because the team is so familiar and the manager doesn’t want to change.

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Wolves were not scoring a hatful of goals even when they were winning games so a little bit of a decline from a defensive point of view was always going to cost them quite heavily.

Santo should not throw the baby out with the bathwater, but surely he needs to have a little shake up; to remind his squad of his expectations if nothing else.

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