Following a depressing 0-1 setback against Sheffield midweek, Dean Smith has made three changes, giving Morgan Sanson his full debut, Trezeguet his first start since November, and a return for Douglas Luiz after a two-game layoff.
For me, I don’t know that there’s much to be said that hasn’t been already. I figured rotation was on the cards after a midweek game, but Sanson’s inclusion also says that Smith didn’t see enough from Jacob Ramsey against the Blades. I’m also going to assume that Luiz will have more energy than we’d seen before he made way for Marvelous Nakamba. Nakamba hasn’t done much wrong, but when in form, Luiz does offer more going forward in transition.
Trez? We know he’ll work his socks off. We’ll just have to see what else he offers on the day. Notable again is Ross Barkley riding the bench for a third consecutive match.
So, naturally, all eyes will be on Sanson. A bit of a mystery buy without many meaningful minutes, he’ll be asked to do a lot today. I’d guess that he and McGinn will trade off defending and attacking, but it may well be that SJM stays upfield more in the #10 spot, with Sanson taking on more defensive responsibility.
Would be nice to pick up some more points while Jack is out, but as we’ve seen, no game is easy, and Wolves are certainly a far better side than Sheffield, even without Jimenez. The game could be more stretched, and I’d imagine Dean will have Villa coming out looking to force the issue and get that early goal that seems to determine our fortunes. But Wolves also like to press and play the counter, so it could be a cagey affair.
I’ve got a commitment, so won’t be watching along with you live…I’m hoping that’s good luck.
Over to you.