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Romain Saiss looking to get on Nuno's right side for Wolves

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Romain Saiss says he's working relentlessly to get used to his new Wolves position.

Saiss has impressed in recent weeks

The Moroccan international has slotted in as a right-sided centre-half in recent weeks, displacing Ryan Bennett and keeping his place for last Sunday's Fa Cup semi-final defeat against Watford.

Saiss has been a defensive midfielder for the vast majority of his near-three-year Wolves stay.

The 29-year-old plays at centre-half for his country, but on the left.

And it's a position he's having to work to get used to.

“At the beginning it was hard to adapt because it’s totally different in terms of body position when you play,” the left-footer said.

“I have spent a lot of time with the coach because sometimes I put my body on the wrong side, like I’m playing on the left side because that is where I play with Morocco.

“And when I get the ball I have to try and anticipate when the opponent is coming because they know if I am playing on the right side then most of the time I am going to use my left foot.

"They try to force me to go on my right foot so I need to used my right as well. I’m working on that every day.”

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Wolves travel to face struggling Southampton at St Mary's looking to bounce back from last Sunday's crushing Wembley loss.

A long season will soon come to a close, but burnout shouldn't be an issue for Saiss, certainly compared to last season with the Moroccan recently confessing he was ‘dead’ after playing 60 matches (including a World Cup) in 2017/18.

“I was dead after that,” Saiss, who has played only 27 times in this campaign, said. “It was the first time I have played a lot of games like that.

“And we didn’t have a lot of holiday, we had to come back.

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“When I came back I was a little bit tired and the preparation was hard.

“I wasn’t ready because I was tired. I could feel my legs were tired after games. After training it was hard to recover.

“I took my time to get fit. And of course did well I was waiting for my chance.

“And when the coach gave me a chance I think I did OK.”

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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