Wolverhampton Wanderers suddenly have a mini-crisis in defence and this could open the door for Jesus Vallejo. With sales, injuries and suspensions, Vallejo has been propelled up the pecking order and might be in line for his first Premier League outing.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men host Chelsea at Molineux this weekend and want their first league win of the season. Vallejo could help them achieve that because he is likely to feature for Wolves. Here’s why.
Roderick Miranda leaves
Near the end of the summer transfer window, Wolves confirmed Roderick Miranda had left on loan. The Portuguese centre-back impressed in pre-season but Nuno obviously did not see him as part of his plans.
Roderick joined Portuguese top-flight club Famalicao on a season-long loan, limiting the options at the back. This was a vote of confidence in Vallejo, who is on loan from Real Madrid for the season.
Willy Boly suspended
Wolves lost 3-2 to Everton in their last game before the international break. Unfortunately, towards the end of the game, Willy Boly picked up a second yellow card which will rule him out for one game.
The Frenchman will miss out on the game against Chelsea before returning for the Braga clash on Thursday. With Boly out, Nuno needs to find someone new to play alongside Ryan Bennett and Conor Coady.
Romain Saiss injured
Romain Saiss is one of the options to replace Boly against Chelsea. But the Morocco midfielder, who can also play in central defence, has reportedly picked up an injury on international duty (Birmingham Mail).
The extent of Saiss’ injury has not yet been confirmed. But Nuno is unlikely to risk him if he is a doubt – especially with a busy European schedule coming up.
Jesus Vallejo can build on Europa League minutes
The other option is Leander Dendoncker, who can operate at centre-back. But Nuno placed his faith in Vallejo in three of the Europa League qualifying games. And now it could be time for a Premier League debut.
Wolves new boy Vallejo will be tasked with keeping Tammy Abraham quiet, as well as remaining composed on the ball. But the 22-year-old will be relishing this new challenge and he can stake his claim for a regular spot in the side.