There’s clear deficiencies in this Wolves side – namely a complete lack of cutting edge in the final third, and avoidable defensive errors.
A relegation battle is very much on the cards.
Climbing up the table will only happen by ensuring the sumptuous and clinical nature of the move leading up to Adama’s goal becomes the norm rather than the exception.
That said, there’s enough in the Forest and Palace games to suggest there’s some character and fight left in the dressing room. A more fluid build-up play in the defensive and middle thirds has retuned too; although we still have a tendency of carelessly giving the ball away, and being overpowered amidst a physical battle.
Heck, we’ve even started to press, thanks to a 34-year-old Diego Costa leading the way in the intensity stakes. If only he was the Costa of old in terms of finishing.
And that’s the crux of the issue. Hesitation and/or poor decision-making means clearcut chances are at a premium, but even when they are laid on a plate, lines are fluffed. Put simply, where are the goals coming from?
At least we can marvel at Hugo Bueno’s duck-to-water debut. He’s already nailed down the left back spot by showing Jonny and Ait-Nouri how to both defend properly and drive forward purposefully with the ball.
Adama is another who is turning heads (pardon the pun). He’s the one person making a difference in the final third – I don’t think I’ve seen him score with his bonce before! You only have to look at Guedes’ impact (or lack of) to see how much we missed Adama in those last 30 minutes.
Who would have thought a few weeks ago that we’d be pinning our hopes on some of the old Adama magic during a relegation battle?
And that’s before I get onto the Supermarket Sweep nature of the new managerial process. To be fair, Rylan might have a shout of being on the shortlist when you look at the current options.