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Nuno Santo never usually has too many selection dilemmas.
After all, this is a man who in 166 of his 168 games with the Wolves, he has stayed with a formation that sees three centers in operation.
Also, you are used to working with a small team.
In each of the last two seasons, his team used the fewest players in the entire Premier League: twenty-one. It’s a similar story to this term too, with Old Gold using only twenty players: the third fewest of any high-level team.
So why, after all this time, do you finally have a big problem on your computer? Well that’s because he suddenly changed the formation, deviating from his tried and trusted three or five in the back system.
Against Southampton, Nuno went to four defenders and after drawing with the Saints, he used the same formation against Arsenal. The result this time was a victory, and they did it without one of their star players, Rubén Neves.
Should Neves start against Liverpool?
The Portuguese started against Saints but at the Emirates Stadium, Nuno showed that he doesn’t necessarily need Neves on his side. Against one of the best teams in the division, it was impressive, but it also created a problem. How do you get back to the starting eleven?
Of course, the midfielder is a higher class, described as someone who “left everyone speechless” when he first came to English football.
However, with Daniel Podence performing in a 10th role against Arsenal, it is not necessary to play three deeper midfielders from Neves, Dendoncker and Moutinho, as he did against Southampton.
Podence was electrifying when he found the back of the net and performed four he dribbles, tormenting the Gunners’ bottom line. Leaving it, therefore, would be a controversial decision.
Dendoncker is also difficult to leave. He hit the woodwork in North London and dominated the middle of the park by winning five aerial duels.
Consequently, it is difficult to see how Neves returns to the team.
the £ 45 million Star is usually one of the first names on the team sheet, but now he will have to work hard to guarantee his place.
This could turn into a real headache for Nuno.
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