Keeping Conor Coady will prove to be Wolves’ best move of the transfer window

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Sheffield United had a bid rejected for the Wolves man.

There have been some exciting signings made at Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, but manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s best decision of the transfer window will prove to be keeping Conor Coady.

According to a report by the Express and Star, Sheffield United have had a bid for the converted defender turned down by Wolves.

Anthony Knockaert of Brighton & Hove Albion and Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove...Anthony Knockaert of Brighton & Hove Albion and Conor Coady of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove...

And in a separate story by the same publication, Santo was adamant that the 24-year-old would be going nowhere this summer.

New players have arrived from some glamourous European outfits to join the Portuguese manager in his new project at Molineux, with Ruben Neves signing on from Porto and Diogo Jota joining on loan from Atletico Madrid.

But keeping Coady will be the biggest and best result of the lot because of his importance to how Santo wants to play.

The former Valencia manager has put a 3-4-3 system in place at Wolves, and dropped Coady back from his natural central midfield role to man the centre of the back three.

Having showed a natural affinity for the position in pre-season, Coady captained Wolves with aplomb in an opening-day win over Middlesbrough.

Using a good passer who is at at ease on the ball is vital for the pivot position of a three-man defence, and Coady’s history as a midfielder makes him a perfect candidate.

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Because of that, Santo is able to play the possession-based style that he craves, with attacks starting from the back through the former Liverpool youth player. Losing him would have likely meant bringing club skipper Danny Batth back into the fray, who is far less suited to such a style.

But with Santo taking such a firm stance on Coady’s future, Wolves look set for a promising campaign.

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