Darren Bent claims that Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been handed a “blessing in disguise” with the club’s exit from the League Cup in midweek.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker says that the squad at Molineux lacks the depth to compete on as many as four fronts this season, with the Midlands outfit competing in the Premier League and three cups.
Nuno’s side, which included a number of youngsters, were beaten 2-0 by Villa on Wednesday evening to be knocked out of the League Cup.
With Premier League and Europa League fixtures running until the end of 2019 and the FA Cup third round in January, Bent insists it was actually good news they were beaten by their Midlands rivals.
Bent told Football Insider: “When you’re a team like Wolves and you don’t have many players, when you play in all these competitions it can be difficult so I think the other night when they went out of the cup, it was a blessing in disguise.
“I think the amount of games you play in the Europa League, it’s crazy when you add Premier League games to that, the FA Cup comes in around Christmas time and you’re still in the League Cup, it’s too many games.
“I think it was a blessing for them, they don’t need a cup run this season.”
Wolves sit 12th in the Premier League after 10 games, picking up two wins, six draws and two defeats.
Having qualified for the group stages of the Europa League, Nuno’s men sit second behind Portuguese side Braga after half their continental outings, with a top-two finish sending them through to the knock-out stages next year.
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