It is now five Premier League games without a win for Wolverhampton Wanderers after Huddersfield’s richly-deserved 2-0 win at Molineux yesterday.
Nuno Santo’s side earned an impressive draw against Arsenal before the international break but the verve that epitomised that performance at the Emirates Stadium was absent yesterday as David Wagner’s Terriers dominated from start to finish.
With a three-man central midfield axis and Alex Pritchard dropping in as a false nine, Huddersfield were able to overwhelm Wolves’ playmaking duo of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho to the extent that the latter was substituted at half-time.
Santo’s response was to say that his side will not change their formation or the way they play to arrest a run that has seen them take just one point from their last 15 available.
Wolves are a highly ambitious club but reality has bitten in the last five games and while they should not abandon the footballing principles or 3-4-2-1 formation that has brought them so much success, Santo would be wise to have an alternative up his sleeve.
Premier League clubs are extremely astute at analysing successful systems and working out a way to nullify them and the fact that Wolves’ promotion was almost nailed on for much of last season allowed their new top flight rivals to get a head start in that sense.
So Santo must ready an alternative to use when his side slips behind again, or this slump will continue.