With some disappointment in the Wolverhampton Wanderers fanbase after we only took a point from a 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in last weekend’s Premier League clash at the Amex, it’s all eyes to Thursday’s Europa League clash with Besiktas at Molineux.
Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has seen his side go unbeaten in the top flight for the last eleven matches and there’s plenty to be positive about given we sit in sixth place (joint fifth) in the table and our Europa League campaign sees us second in Group K, and it’s left plenty wondering what kind of selection our gaffer will go with given we have a tough clash with a rejuvenated Tottenham Hotspur side at the weekend.
The Athletic’s Tim Spiers took to social media the other day to give his thoughts and it seems a number of fans have come to the same conclusion as he has – they’ll be plenty of rotation even if the game means we potentially sacrifice seeding for the knockouts and top spot.
While being seeded for last 32 is preferable, I'm imagining Nuno's thinking he could play his strongest XI on Thursday and Braga may still beat Bratislava. And then you look at Spurs' form ahead of Sunday…
— Tim Spiers (@TimSpiers) December 9, 2019
As said, plenty agreed with that and given we operate with a smaller than normal group of first teamers anyway, it’s another perfect chance to give some players a bit of a rest, even if they are rested on the bench for emergency purposes.
Exactly my thinking Tim and exactly how I explained it to the guys in front of me on Wednesday. It makes sense to make changes
— Adam Price (@adpr84) December 9, 2019
— MD (@MickFsr) December 9, 2019
Works for me – gives the kids the experience so that if called on later it's not such a step up.
— NAG (@Kingwolf84) December 9, 2019
Yes I agree
— Christine Butler (@Christi70018296) December 9, 2019
Be a wise move me thinks tbf
— Peter carpenter (@Peterca00625554) December 9, 2019
With the exception of one or two (likes of Sevilla spring to mind) I’m not sure there is much difference being seeded or unseeded anyway. They’ll be some big teams in the unseeded pot. Very much luck of the draw, really.
— Neil Shenton (@neilshenton) December 9, 2019
If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Doesn't matter who we get drawn against in the knockouts so a first place finish in the group isn't important. Give the kids a run out 👍
— Paul Wright (@mrpaulwright87) December 9, 2019
Should Wolves rest players for Thursday's game?