Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - number 29

Wolves Billy Wright Stand

The left-back position has proved problematic for Wolverhampton Wanderers this season, but that wouldn't be the case if Lee Naylor was still at Molineux.

 

When Lee Naylor joined Wolves after leaving school in 1996, his priority would have been making the first team at Molineux. Playing as many as 333 times for the club would have seemed an unrealistic dream, but that's what Naylor achieved during nine years at the Black Country outfit.

 

Naylor would not win a trophy during his nine-year spell with the club, but he played a crucial part in Wolves winning promotion to the Premier League during the 2002-03 campaign, featuring at left-back as the club beat Sheffield United 3-0 in the playoff final at the Millennium Stadium.

 

He would go on to feature in each of Wolves' 38 matches in the top flight, but the club struggled for much of the year and were relegated back to the Football League.

 

Throughout his time at Wolves, Naylor attract interest from bigger clubs but he stayed until 2006 when he made the switch to Celtic and played on a regular basis on both the domestic and European scene.

 

His progression was testament to how he had developed playing for Wolves, and he can count himself very unfortunate not to have earned a senior cap for England when he was at his peak.

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