Wolves’ heartbreaking Europa League exit will still feel raw but Adrian Durham believes so much worse is yet to come for them.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men suffered a 1-0 defeat to five-time winners Sevilla, with defender Lucas Ocampos heading in the only goal on 88 minutes.
Wolves were beaten at the death by Sevilla
The defeat will have huge implications for the club in the future, believes the talkSPORT host
The LaLiga side were good value for the win but Wolves leave the competition wondering what might have been with star striker Raul Jimenez having a penalty saved when the game was goalless.
A season that promised so much has ended in huge disappointment for Wolves, who not only missed the chance to win some silverware but their Europa League exit confirmed that they will not play any European football next season.
And the talkSPORT host believes a decline at Wolves is inevitable, so much so, that they could be in danger of losing their Premier League status in 2020/21.
Durham said on Drivetime: “I’m looking at Wolves’ game plan… I thought it was all wrong. Having praised Nuno like we did yesterday, I just looked at it and thought: ‘what on earth are you doing? How on earth do you think that’s going to get you through this quarter-final?’
Durham was not impressed with Nuno’s tactics for the quarter-final tie
“It was almost like he was waving a white flag saying ‘no, we’re really not ready to be at this stage so we’ll bow out and let you go through.’
“I thought it was a really poor display from Wolves and the manager.
“And it’s led me to think that – and I know Wolves fans might not like this – I think Wolves might get relegated next season.”
Drivetime co-host Darren Gough had to step in at this point, insisting Durham has ‘lost the plot’.
But Durham explained why he feels the only way is down for this Wolves side.
He added: “I think there’s a problem there. They’ve had such a long, hard season and there’s nothing to show for it. I think that affects your mentality to some extent.
“I think there’s a chance some of the players, who are in line to get NO European football next season, will think, ‘I’ve done well here, so now’s the time to move on.’
Will the likes of Jimenez still be at Wolves next season?
“They may move on. Who knows if even the manager’s going to be there?
“If you look now, there will be long, long odds on Wolves to go down. But if you break it all down, I think that there’s a good chance that it could happen.”
Watch a clip of Adrian Durham on talkSPORT, above…