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October 2019

Proud Nuno defends selection of youthful Wolves at Villa

Nuno Espirito Santo defended his selection policy and said he was proud of his cubs after picking one of Wolves’ youngest teams for many years in the Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa. A youthful Wolves went down 2-1 to end their eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions after Patrick Cutrone cancelled out Anwar El Ghazi’s opener in the 55th minute only for Ahmed Elmohamady to grab the winner two minutes later. Head coach Nuno handed debuts to Dion Sanderson, 19 and Chem Campbell, 16, from the start, while Taylor Perry, 18, made his first start and Benny Ashley-Seal, 20,…

Wolves’ youth can’t bridge gap to Villa’s experience – report

Aston Villa 2 (El Ghazi 28, Elmohamady 57) Wolves 1 (Cutrone 55) Wolves’ cubs couldn’t quite bridge the gap to Villa’s superior quality and experience as one of the club’s most inexperienced teams gallantly exited the Carabao Cup. Patrick Cutrone’s second-half equaliser was all Wolves had to show for their efforts as Anwar El Ghazi and Ahmed Elmohamady earned dominant Villa a quarter-final spot and ended the visitors’ eight match unbeaten run in all competitions. Arguably the balance of the tie swung dramatically in Villa’s favour with the team selection with head coach Nuno Espirito Santo handing full debuts to…

Wolves defender Boly has op – and will be out for ‘several months’

Wolves defender Willy Boly is set to be out for several months after undergoing surgery on his broken left fibula today. The 28-year-old sustained the injury in training on Saturday, jumping over a box in a regular drill prior to Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle, and the fracture and rehabilitation is expected to keep him out until the new year. Head of medical Phil Hayward said: “Willy had surgery in London this morning to repair the bone with a small metal plate and screws. “The procedure went as planned with no complications and he will now return to Compton to…

Wolves youngsters ready to relish their chance at Villa

Wolves are set to give youth a chance at Aston Villa on Wednesday night – and homegrown youngsters Taylor Perry and Dion Sanderson can’t wait. Midfielder Perry, 18, and centre back Sanderson, 19, trained with the first team in the open training session at Molineux this week as Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad prepared for the Carabao Cup fourth round tie at Villa Park. Perry is from Kingswinford and Sanderson hails from Wednesfield and having come through the ranks at Wolves for several years, both players know what a derby means to the local community. “Wolves versus Villa is always been…

Neto sets his sights on firing Wolves to beat Villa

Pedro Neto has set his sights on playing his part in firing Wolves into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at Aston Villa on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old forward made his comeback in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle after missing three games with a bruised heel. Neto is expected to start at Villa Park as head coach Nuno Espirito Santo looks to juggle his pack to keep his squad fresh and extend their unbeaten run of eight matches in all competitions. Wolves are three quarterts of the way into a hectic spell of four successive away games in 10 days, with Arsenal…

Fosun look to reduce spending on Wolves under stake plan

Wolves’ owners Fosun International are looking to rein in their spending on the club under any new investment – as they revealed £20m profits for last season. Fosun are said to be looking to sell a 20 per cent stake in Wolves for between £50m and £100m, which would value the club at around £350m. The Chinese investment firm paid £45m for the club when they bought it from Steve Morgan in July 2016. “It’s more to test the market, to see the value of Wolves,” chairman Jeff Shi told the Financial Times. Shi says Fosun is looking for an…

Mel Eves exclusive: ‘Wolves turned down Villa bid for me’

Wolves favourite Mel Eves has revealed how he could have joined Aston Villa at the peak of their powers. The former striker, who won the League Cup with Wolves in 1980, says he was told of a bid from Villa Park in the months after Ron Saunders’s side won the League in 1981. By then, Eves had played against Villa regularly, and scored against them in a 3-1 home win in May 1978, and in a 2-1 away defeat in September 1980. But news of the offer came to Eves via an unusual source – not initially via the manager…

Wolves boss Nuno: Now let’s do it for 90 minutes

Nuno Espirito Santo has set about trying to turn Wolves in a 90-minute team after their 1-1 draw at Newcastle. Wolves dominated after the break at St James’s Park, but all they had to show for their efforts was Jonny Castro Otto’s equaliser to cancel out Jamaal Lascelles’s first-half header. Diogo Jota missed two openings and Matt Doherty headed over from a golden chance at the death as Wolves pushed for the winner. Wolves were much better for the switch from 3-5-2 in the first half to 3-4-3 in the second. Nuno’s side are now eight games unbeaten in all…

Wolves defender Boly to undergo scan after ankle break

Stricken Wolves defender Willy Boly is to undergo a scan on Monday after breaking his left ankle in training. The 28-year-old Frenchman was injured in training on Saturday while jumping a box and tests showed he has broken his fibula, the smaller bone in the lower leg. “He is going to have an MRI tomorrow to see, really, what he has,” said head coach Nuno Espirito Santo after Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle. “Then, on Tuesday, he is going to see a specialist to see what there is to do. “The worst thing is that it happened. It was a…

Jonny rescues a point for Wolves but it should have been all three – report

Newcastle United 1 (Lascelles 37) Wolves 1 (Jonny 73) Wolves were excellent value for their hard-earned point at Newcastle and should have had all three as they extended their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions. Jonny Castro Otto’s first goal of the season in the 73rd minute cancelled out Jamaal Lascelles’s 37th-minute header to cap a dominant second-half performance after head coach Nuno Espirito Santo switched from 3-5-2 to 3-4-3 at half-time. Newcastle ended the game with 10 men after Sean Longstaff saw red for a high lunge on Ruben Neves eight minutes from time. And Wolves could…