Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea: 3 things to look out for at Molineux

With a momentum building triumph in the EFL Cup quarterfinals behind it, Chelsea Football Club travel north to Wolverhampton for a Christmas Eve clash in the Premier League.
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1. Malo Gusto continuing to bring dynamism as a true full back on either flank

No. 27 in blue was a welcomed sight in the SW6 on Tuesday night. Poch had been missing a full back he fully trusted, being forced to deploy four center backs across the back four against Sheffield United. When Gusto was brought on for Levi Colwill, the EFL Cup quarterfinal shifted. Newcastle was on its heels, being forced to adjust to a player that is comfortable taking players on in the final third. With just 45 minutes on the pitch, Gusto finished third on the team in duels won, and tied for first in successful dribbles.

What a signing this was for the club, especially with Reece James being out for an extended period of time. He opens up an entirely new dimension for the west London outfit, especially now with the substantial amount of injuries, bringing an attacking threat out of the back line from either wing. We saw him start on the left, and then switch over to the right on Tuesday where he looked like the best player on the pitch.

If the club is going to find success in the new year, Gusto will likely be at crucial reason why. The only explanation that is accepted as to why he should be left out of the starting XI should be because of his health. Other than that, one-fourth of the back four must include the Frenchman.

Chelsea at Wolves will be broadcast live on USA Network in the United States, and on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.