With Wolverhampton Wanderers having plenty of star players who more naturally steal the headlines given their individual skills, talents and moments of magic, a team needs those who go quietly about their business and Wolves have two in particular in the shape of Matt Doherty and Conor Coady who do just that – but this week especially have received praise for their efforts.
Coady is the main subject here as former England international striker Alan Shearer heaped praise on the 25-year-old following his performance in last weekend’s Premier League victory over Crystal Palace.
With ten appearances to his name so far this season for head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, he is a key part of the squad and of the reasons we sit in the October international break in seventh place in the table following last season’s Championship title win.
In the weekend’s Match of the Day programme, Shearer described both Coady and Doherty as being ‘brilliant’ for us.
“We’ve spoken about Moutinho and Neves several times but Conor Coady and Matt Doherty I thought were brilliant today. Coady – his reading of the game, not panicking in tight situations, wanting to play out; he seemed very, very confident. He was absolutely magnificent. He’s played at youth level for England, if he keeps on performing like that it won’t be long before he gets a full shout from Gareth Southgate.”
Coady was subject to some small rumours about a potential England call for this international break but that didn’t come to pass, if Gareth Southgate is going to be as fair in his selections as he claims and not just give opportunities to the big boys’ youngsters – then Coady is one of a number of players who should more than be in with a shout – even if it goes no further than a trial and just group inclusion for now.