Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points ahead of Matchweek 28.
The 29-year-old was sidelined between mid-October and the start of February with a broken ankle.
Wolves sorely missed the giant defender's presence, collecting just one clean sheet in 16 matches.
Studying Wolves’ defensive record with and without Boly, there is an argument that he is the Premier League’s most influential centre-back.
This season he has been worth a goal per match for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.
They each performed well, but Boly’s unique authority proved irreplaceable.
His physicality makes Wolves tougher to breach and Boly blends aggression in his duels with a calming aura on the ball.
A prominent figure during the promotion season, his understanding of the team’s tactical approach cannot be overstated.
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When the trio feature together, as they likely will at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, it gives confidence to the whole side.
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