Ryan Bennett was left out of the squad as Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered a 5-2 Premier League defeat at home to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
When you sign a player from Real Madrid, the temptation is to throw him immediately into the starting XI and expect performances worthy of the 13-time European champions.
But Jesus Vallejo could hardly have endured a more chastening Premier League debut in the Old Gold of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A defender who captained Spain to glory at the U21 European Championships in July was all at sea when Chelsea arrived in the Black Country. And, just to cap a miserable outing, Vallejo was left humiliated by a twisting, turning Mason Mount as the newly-capped England international wriggled away to score Chelsea’s fifth of the game in the final few seconds.
Just 90 minutes into his Premier League career, Wolves fans are already calling in their numbers for Vallejo to return to the bench and be replaced by a defender who moved to Molineux for just £2.5 million (Shropshire Star).
Ryan Bennett was left out of the matchday squad entirely against Chelsea and, while he is far from the most glamorous member of Wolves’ roster, he played a key role as Nuno’ Espirito Santo’s side won the Championship and finished seventh in the Premier League last season.
Wolves might still have lost with Bennett on the pitch. But surely a five-goal battering could have been prevented.
Plenty of overreaction over yesterday as always. Concerned by our start but no time to panic just yet. Nuno will do everything he can to put it right. I’d go back to basics for now and put Doc and Bennett in for the next league game.Can’t see us being in a relegation scrap. #WWFC
— Leamington Wolves (@LeamWolves) September 15, 2019
Bennett is twice the player Vallejo is
— Ricky (@RickyWh77) September 14, 2019
Get him back in
— Paul Timmins (@sebandhugo) September 14, 2019
Bennett would never have let that happen.
— White Wolf (@White_Wizard_88) September 16, 2019
Oh an Jesus Vallejo instead of Ryan Bennett? Nah. #wwfc
— Dan Southall (@WolfInDerby) September 14, 2019
Vallejo has been awful. Hope all the Bennett haters are having fun, that’s all I have left #wwfc
— James Spencer (@jspencer_1) September 14, 2019
Something very strange gone on with Bennett, not even in the squad yesterday. Nuno said:
“It’s a decision. It’s about the profiles, we had Max (Kilman) on the bench because of that” Bennett was awesome last season against them! Bust up there surely! #wwfc #wolves #wolvesaywe pic.twitter.com/8ZEfhumZwZ
— Retrowolves (@Retrowolves1) September 15, 2019