'Get in', 'great news': Some Wolves fans buzzing after latest update on 'vital' 30-year-old

Nathaniel Kay March 18, 2021
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Wolverhampton Wanderers fans are smiling after discovering Romain Saiss has earned a one-year contract extension.

The Express & Star has reported Saiss triggered the new deal because of his number of appearances for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season.

Here’s how some Wolves fans reacted on Twitter to news about their Moroccan centre-back:

A Saiss for all seasons

Saiss has been a regular fixture in Santo’s defensive unit this season. His 23rd appearance in all competitions in 2020/21 activated the additional 12 months at Molineux.

At 30 years of age, Saiss is still showing a superb level of consistency. He has only been left out of Wolves’ starting XI ten times this season, five of them because of injury.

And Saiss has been a reliable presence throughout his Black Country career since signing from Angers in 2016 for an undisclosed fee.

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Wolves on a European tour

Saiss was crucial to Wolves’ promotion from the Championship in 2017/18 and was just as important in keeping them in the Premier League.

Wolves haven’t just survived but thrived in England’s top division, enjoying successive seventh-place finishes and embarking on a Europa League adventure.

Their epic European run took them all the way to the quarter-finals, where they were eliminated by eventual winners Sevilla.

 

Typically, Saiss played all but three matches in the competition, including all six preliminary qualifying rounds.

Mr Versatile

Versatility is another key strength that makes Saiss vital to Santo’s system.

Happy as a centre-half in a back three or four, Saiss can also play wing-back or full-back if required.

His capability is highlighted by the fact the Moroccan began his career in England as a central midfielder before transitioning further back.

Wolves don’t have too many multi-purpose players in their squad, nor are they overloaded with defenders.

Luckily for Wolves fans they can enjoy the sight of Saiss for one more year.  

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.