Wolves are the 2017/18 EFL Championship winners and are on their way to competing in the Premier League next season. Granted, the league title has been earned through a series of heavy investments but no one can really criticize their techniques if it delivers such outstanding results. It is being reported that the bosses at Molineux Stadium have activated their £10m buy-back clause for Boly. FC Porto had a release clause of £40m for the centre-back but has agreed to part ways as per the prior agreement.
Nuno Santo has hand-picked a few brilliant young talents by taking advantage of the loan market. Out of all the previous summer arrivals, Boly has been a standout performer for the Wanderers. The Frenchman appeared in 37 games last season and helped them maintain a clean sheet in 23 of them. He gets along really well with Conor Coady and Ryan Bennett in the Wolves backline and has even gotten on the scoresheet 3 times this season.
The 27-year-old has been capped 6 times for the France U17, U18 and U19 sides and is slowly making his case for senior team selection. A place in the France national team will not come easily since it is stacked with high profile names like Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti. Maybe impressing in the English top-flight will be enough to bend the ears of Didier Deschamps after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Boly started his professional career with AJ Auxerre and was a regular starter in the 2011/12 season. Following their relegation to the Ligue 2, Boly was sold off to SC Braga, where he spent his first season with the B team.
The centre-back quite evidently is at the peak of his playing career and still might have ways to go under Santo. He not only brings a calm and composed presence to the Wolves backline, the 27-year-old’s leadership skills is also laudable.
He will be an integral part of the Wanderers’ ambitious hopes of succeeding at the topmost level. We have recently witnessed teams like Burnley and Newcastle United climb to unexpected heights based on their defensive structure. The Clarets finished in the 7th spot of the Premier League and Newcastle in the 10th position after fighting relegation earlier in the season.
Danny Bath and Kortney Hause are reliable backups in the Wolves team but Boly’s starting spot is almost undisputed after this season. The news of his permanent arrival should come as a massive news for the fans at the Molineux.