Two Wolves players in danger of the axe in January

Nuno EspĂ­rito Santo manager of Wolves looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.

Wolves are flying high in the Championship at the moment, which could make some fringe players expendable.

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.

With Wolves one point off top spot in the Championship at the international break, it’s fair to say Nuno Santo’s revolution at Molineux has gone down quite well so far.

New signings like Diogo Jota, Willy Boly, Leo Bonatini and Barry Douglas have all proved themselves to be superb additions to the Midlands club and, as a result, the Portuguese boss has established a settled side.

That isn’t such great news for those on the fringe of the squad though, and with the January transfer window fast approaching there could be two players in real danger of being moved on:

Ben Marshall

The form of Wolves’ first-choice wingers this season has meant that Marshall has played just 93 minutes of Championship football this season and started just once.

Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Molineux on February 14, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.Ben Marshall of Wolverhampton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Molineux on February 14, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Although he laid on an assist in the the 3-3 draw with Bristol City, the 26-year-old is finding it tough to break into a forward line that has produced 11 goals in the form of Jota, Bonatini and Bright Enobakhare. And even then there is Ivan Cavaleiro to leapfrog as the first reserve.

With Santo opting to play three at the back with two wing-backs operating out wide, Marshall’s best chance of playing regular football in the second half of the season could well be found by moving on.

Michal Zyro

Like Marshall, Polish forward Zyro has found it almost impossible to get a look in amid Wolves’ superb start to the season.

Michal Zyro of Wolves in action during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Boleyn Ground on January 9, 2016 in London, England.Michal Zyro of Wolves in action during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Boleyn Ground on January 9, 2016 in London, England.

However, unlike his teammate, the 25-year-old can’t even boast a few measly Championship minutes as a substitute and his involvement has been strictly reserved to the Carabao Cup, when Santo has tended to make sweeping changes to his side.

Although Wolves remain in that competition, their next fixture in it is away at Manchester City, so it looks like Zyro – who was taken off after 68 minutes against Bristol Rovers last time out – will have even less chances to get on the pitch in the second half of the season.

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