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Leicester 0 Wolves 0 – Player ratings

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Joe Edwards rates the players as Wolves begin the Premier League season with a 0-0 draw at Leicester.

Leander Dendoncker's goal was disallowed after a VAR check (AMA)

Rui Patricio

Credit to the three centre-halves in front of him, Patricio had a fairly quiet afternoon. He gathered crosses and saved the few shots directed at him with no fuss. He got six clean sheets last season and will be happy to have one in the bag the first time of asking this term. 7

Ryan Bennett

He is not the quickest, the strongest or perhaps the most stylish, but Bennett is as dependable as they come. The 29-year-old certainly played his part in keeping the Foxes at bay, making several important blocks and clearing his lines when under pressure. 7

Conor Coady

Proudly donning the armband, as ever, Coady had the tricky task of marking the prolific Jamie Vardy. And he kept his sights firmly on the striker for the whole 90 minutes. The former England hitman often had to resort to dropping deep to get on the ball. The skipper was solid. 7

Willy Boly

Leicester pushed hard for a winner towards the end, but could not break through the wall that is Boly. The Frenchman just kept on denying them with exceptional defending. Boly was at his best. He could honestly get into any Premier League team. 9

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Matt Doherty

Having only just recovered from a knee injury, Doherty got an hour in Armenia against FC Pyunik on Thursday night. And here, he comfortably got through 90 minutes, showing no signs of rust from the knock which hampered his pre-season preparations. 7

Ruben Neves

In the first half, Neves struggled to impose his will as Foxes' midfield of Choudhury, Ndidi and Tielemans pressed with intent. The Portuguese's influence grew in the second half, and Jimenez should have scored from his well-weighted through-ball. 7

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Leander Dendoncker

Denied a goal as VAR and the new handball rule came to the fore, Dendoncker similarly enjoyed a better second half than the first. Having played as a centre-half in the past, his defensive know-how helped in the closing stages as Wolves grabbed a point. 7

Joao Moutinho

Looked a little bit tired, and given the travelling Wolves have done recently and the fact Moutinho is 32, that is perfectly understandable. That being said, the veteran still operated with his usual class when in possession and rarely gave the ball away. 7

Jonny Castro Otto

Wolves' main attacking outlet was Jota, and in the first half especially, Otto was the one who was combining with him down the left flank. The Spaniard is not afraid to get forward, at all. Picked up a booking for tugging Ricardo Pereira, but it was one of those you'll happily take. 7

Raul Jimenez

Had a chance, cutting in from the left onto his right foot, but could only put the ball straight at Kasper Schmeichel. It was the type of opportunity he usually finishes emphatically. He was not at his sharpest, but the immense work ethic very much remained. 7

Diogo Jota

Every time Jota touched the ball, Leicester were frightened for their lives. Jota displayed utter fearlessness as he kept taking the ball on the turn before driving at the defence. The drawback was his finishing, dragging a couple of shots wide of the mark. 8

Subs

Patrick Cutrone (for Jota, 76)

Italian passion was on show as Cutrone charged at defenders like his life depended on it. 7

Romain Saiss (for Neves, 81)

Brought on to add extra cover, he did just that. 7

Not used: Ruddy (gk), Vinagre, Traore, Neto, Gibbs-White

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Sports reporter for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.

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