Wolves scapegoat Vallejo undeserving of criticism when key figure is faring worse – opinion

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Not for the first time this season, Wolves skipper Conor Coady has looked some way off the mark in the top-flight.

Molineux’s 100th Premier League game saw a drab draw as Southampton made the trip north from the south coast.

The visitors opened the scoring in the second half as Danny Ings pounced on a mistake in the defence to slot past Rui Patricio into the bottom corner.

Ings’ persistent running paid off as he forced Coady into the error to which he duly capitalised on.

After having two goals ruled out through VAR in the first half, striker Raul Jimenez could have been on for a hat-trick after he netted an equalising penalty just after the hour mark.

Matt Doherty was tripped inside the area by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before the Mexican finally got his goal.

Conor Coady vs Southampton - Wolves scapegoat Vallejo undeserving of criticism when key figure is faring worse - opinion

Following the match, much of the talk has been surrounding summer loan arrival Jesus Vallejo after he was introduced for the injured Ryan Bennett early on.

Express & Star journalist Joe Edwards described the Real Madrid man as Wolves’ worst player on the day while also labelling him as ‘unconvincing.’

Now some parts of that may be correct as he has certainly struggled to adapt to life in England, ranking as the worst rated player amongst the west Midlands club by WhoScored – but the man next to him was just as bad, if not worse.

Funnily enough, this isn’t the first time Vallejo has had to cover up for a poor afternoon for Coady, taking stick after the Chelsea game.

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Coady was clearly the man at fault for Southampton’s opener, not Vallejo, as his nonchalant attempt to control the ball allowed Ings to burst clear towards goal.

This sort of attitude was also reflected in the 26-year-old needing a last man tackle to deny another chance at scoring. He also lost possession eight times, won no aerial duels, and conceded the one foul, per SofaScore.

All in all, it was a dire display. One that even he has recognised himself by saying: “I’ve got to deal with it better, it is as simple as that. I need to improve, it is as simple as that.”

Therefore, Vallejo should be cut some slack when the captain next to him is setting an example like that.

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