Charlie Nicholas slates Wolves for seemingly claiming they're 'lacking in numbers'

Charlie Nicholas answers questions during the Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have had a very busy schedule this season as the Molineux side fights on the domestic and Europa League front.

Charlie Nicholas answers questions during the Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has criticised Wolverhampton Wanderers for their apparent claim of "lacking in numbers" for competing in the Premier League and Europa League this term.

Wolves had a sensational campaign last time out, finishing seventh in the Premier League, qualifying for the Europa League and reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, but this term it took a while for Nuno Espirito Santo's side to find their feet.

 

The Molineux side's first competitive game this season was back in July when they took on Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round and to date they have already played 22 competitive games in 2019-20 - 11 in the league, nine in the Europa League and two in the League Cup.

Nuno has previously spoken of his players getting tired, such as ahead of the Leicester City season opener (Leicester Mercury) and after the Burnley game (Wolves website), but there was no sympathy from Nicholas as he looked ahead to their Europa League meeting with Slovan Bratislava on Thursday.

Nuno Espirito Santo the manager

Despite his criticism, not to mention his declaration that Wolves are "coming and going" at present and suggesting they struggle against teams like Slovan, Nicholas nonetheless predicted a 2-0 win for the Molineux side.

"Wolves are coming and going at the moment," he told Sky Sports News. "They have the excuse of playing so many games, but they probably played just as many as they did in the Championship. They want to play in Europe don't they? You have a few injuries and they claim they are lacking in numbers. Get the young guys in and play them!

"Wolves seem to struggle against these sorts of teams. They are not putting teams to bed like they were before, but I think they will get there nevertheless."

Nuno Espirito Santo the head coach

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