Wolves’ wing backs have been key to the success they’ve achieved this season with the displays of Jonny and Matt Doherty playing a major role at both ends of the pitch.
However, the past week has shown that Nuno Santo has a selection dilemma at right wing-back with Adama Traore and Doherty both performing well in that position.
What’s the issue?
Back in October, Watford inflicted a rare home defeat on Wolves who lost 2-0 to the Hornets at Molineux. On that day, both Doherty and Jonny failed to impress and were completely undone by the likes of Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu.
It’s something that should prompt a change this weekend, especially after Traore’s excellent display against Burnley last time out. He was one of few players to actually play well as they lost 2-0.
The Spaniard then didn’t play against Manchester United in midweek as Doherty was preferred.
But, taking into consideration the Wembley pitch and the defeat against Watford, Traore is the man who must start ahead of his Irish teammate on Sunday.
The former Barcelona man isn’t a wing back by trade but provided evidence that he can thrive in that role at Turf Moor. With the pace he possesses, the 23-year-old would have the ability to stretch Watford’s back line and ultimately cause more trouble in the final third.
The pitch at Wembley is incredibly big, with dimensions of 105m x 68m. The Molineux pitch is meanwhile only 100m x 64m. The extra length and width at the national stadium could massively benefit Traore and Wolves would be confident of being able to expose Watford with him in the side.
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Traore has already starred at Wembley this season too. Albeit in a more advanced position, he was able to complete five out of five dribbles against Tottenham when the club beat them 3-1 in December.
He therefore simply has to start ahead of Doherty this weekend.