Wolves suffered their worst defeat under Nuno in their third game of the 2020/21 Premier League season as they lost 4-0 to West Ham at the London Stadium. Two goals for Jarrod Bowen were followed by a Raul Jimenez own goal and a Sebastien Haller header compounded Nuno’s side to a third straight defeat in all competitions.
Wolves’ best player. It’s no exaggeration to say that Patricio’s saves kept the score line from becoming any more embarrassing, with the Portugal number one making notable saves from Antonio, Soucek and Bowen. Certainly not the man to blame for this result. 7/10.
Probably his worst performance in a gold shirt. Gave away the foul that led to the opener, looked sloppy in possession and was part of a back three that was bullied by the Hammers’ front line all night long. Wolves’ last three defeats have coincided with three poor performances from Boly, who looks like he needs to move back to the left hand side of defence. 3/10.
As fans fear when Coady comes up against strong, physical strikers, Wolves’ captain had a rare shocker. He was bullied from pillar to post by Michail Antonio, picking up a yellow card for clumsily fouling the Hammers striker before being easily passed by the same player to set up Bowen’s second just minutes later. With the England international likely to face Aleksandar Mitrovic next week, alarm bells may be ringing. 3/10.
As with his defensive partners, Saiss endured a torrid time at the London Stadium. Since a man of the match performance at Bramall Lane on the opening day, Saiss has had three below-par performances, with this effort possibly the worst of the lot. The Moroccan has struggled without a more defensive wing back in the form of Jonny or Marcal in front of him, which is definitely something for Nuno to consider ahead of Fulham next week. 3/10.
Enjoyed an unsuccessful and unspectacular debut. The former Barcelona man enjoyed some good attacking runs in both halves but was ultimately part of an easily breached defence. Did not link with Traore as well as his manager would have liked. Withdrawn for fellow debutant Hoever on 73 minutes. 5/10.
Wasn’t given the ball in areas where he could influence the game, which was probably part of Wolves’ demise. Blazed the ball over from shooting positions on occasion and couldn’t make a positive contribution. Probably the combination of a poor team performance and tactical instructions rather than Neves’ individual efforts. 6/10.
Questions have been raised about Moutinho’s position through no real fault of his own, and tonight’s performance will only inflame those discussions. With Neves and Moutinho in midfield, Wolves tend to lack bite and physicality while also being predictable at times, which was certainly the case in London. Like his midfield counterpart, Moutinho wasted shooting chances and his passing was not as useful as fans have come to expect. The Fulham game will likely see Dendoncker come into midfield, with the 34-year-old the most likely to make way. 5/10.
The Portuguese wing-back suffered one of his worst performances for the club. Vinagre was pinned back by Ryan Fredericks and later Ben Johnson, limiting his attacking threat. Without this, Vinagre is entirely judged upon his defensive display, which as usual was substandard. Switched off for Bowen’s opener and combined with Saiss to allow Haller a free header in stoppage time. 3/10.
Even in his more comfortable forward position, Traore struggled to make an impact. Was kept very quiet by a West Ham defence who doubled up on him, deploying both Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku to keep him quiet. Traore is still looking for his first goal involvement of the season. 5/10.
When Wolves get the ball to Jimenez and offer him service, they play well. When they don’t, they usually lose, and this was the case on Sunday. Jimenez’s only clear-cut chance unfortunately came at the wrong end, when he diverted Soucek’s header past Patricio. Failed to score at the right end for the first Premier League game this season. 5/10.
Along with fellow countryman Patricio, one of two Wolves players to make an impact. Drove the side forward almost singlehandedly at times in the first half, often making lung bursting runs from the edge of his own box to the Hammers’ byline. With his goalkeeper, he didn’t really deserve to be on the losing side. 7/10.
Introduced for Traore just past the hour mark but struggled to make an impact with Wolves already two down. 5/10
Did not see much of the ball after his introduction but will be looking for a start in Wolves’ below-par midfield. 5/10
Only saw the ball a couple of times on his Wolves debut. 5/10.