Wolves: The strange reason why Ryan Bennett was dropped vs Chelsea

Wolves 2 – Chelsea 5

Watford and Wolves are still winless in the Premier League this season.

Wolves slumped to a terrible 5-2 home defeat to Chelsea last weekend.

A long-range stunner from Fikayo Tomori opened the floodgates for the Pensioners.

Tammy Abraham scored twice in 7 minutes to hand Chelsea a 3-0 half-time lead.

After the break, Abraham completed his hat-trick, before the forward later scored an own-goal.

Patrick Cutrone scored a second for Wolves, before a late Mason Mount fifth for the Blues.

Why Ryan Bennett was dropped vs Chelsea

One of the big talking points for Wolves fans after the Chelsea game has surrounded Ryan Bennett.

Bennett is usually a mainstay in Wolves’ three-man defence.

However, against Chelsea, not only was Bennett not in the XI, he was left out of the matchday squad.

When asked about Bennett’s omission, Nuno Espirito Santo said the following:

It’s a decision. We decided to play Jesus (Vallejo), Coady and Saiss. It’s about the profiles, we had Max (Kilman) on the bench because of that. I have a solution where Dendoncker can come back and do that.

It’s about the right profile and the shape of the team. Boly, Saiss, Max (on the left), on the right side Jesus, Bennett, Dion Sanderson. It’s about shape, organisation.

Bennett’s no-show vs Chelsea: ‘It’s a mystery’

However, in The Athletic on Monday, reporter Tim Spiers has noted that it’s still rather unclear why Bennett was axed versus Chelsea:

Bennett’s exclusion was a mystery. 

The Athletic understands the experienced defender only found out he wasn’t in the squad on the day of the game, with no reason given.

Will Bennett play vs Braga?

Wolves are back in action on Thursday night in the Europa League.

As the group phase of the competition kicks off, Wolves welcome Braga to Molineux.

On Bennett’s potential involvement against Braga, Nuno said:

I don’t know, I can’t answer that question yet.

Also see: Chelsea: Tammy Abraham injury update after Wolves.

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