In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Wolves legend Steve Bull claims his former club are playing too comfortably instead of pushing themselves and taking the game to teams.
Since Wolves won promotion back to the Premier League, they have generally operated with Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves as a midfielder partnership, however neither player has the speed to be a box-to-box midfielder.
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Both Neves and Moutinho are great on the ball and have recorded the most passes out of any Wolves players in the Premier League this season, highlighting their obvious strength and how they adapt to lacking that yard of pace.
However, Moutinho is 35-years-old this year and Wolves may look into replacing him with a younger player who is able to get up and down the pitch, with Moutinho having just six touches in the opposition’s box.
Speaking on how Wolves have become comfortable in themselves and what they are missing in midfield, Bull told FFC:
“We need somebody to get forward from midfield because at the moment we’ve only got one man in the box, so we need somebody who will be flying in there.
“For me, I think we are playing with too many comfortable players in the middle of the pitch who are just happy to just sit and absorb everything rather than go forward.”
This season, Neves and Moutinho have started 24 and 23 games in the league respectively as Wolves have struggled for consistency.
Vitinha was brought in on-loan from FC Porto last summer, however he’s only featured 15 times for Wolves and has failed to make an impact on the first team.