Daniel Podence won’t go the same way as Patrick Cutrone at Wolves, according to Joe Edwards of The Express & Star Wolves podcast (March 6th, 46:45).
Cutrone was loaned out in the January transfer window, joining Fiorentina in Serie A, after making just 24 appearances for Wolves, scoring a mere three goals.
Podence was signed from Olympiacos in January and has had a staggered introduction to the starting XI, playing his first full 90 minutes in the Europa League win over Espanyol.
Thus far, he has played 27 minutes in the Premier League but Edwards believes he has more going for him than Cutrone.
He said: “I don’t think he’ll end up like Cutrone. I do think he’ll have to bide his time a bit more. I think he’s a more versatile player than Cutrone was and I think that’ll stand him in good stead.
“He can either play as a No.10, like (Pedro) Neto has, or he can play on the left, he can play on the right. He could even play in the front two as we saw in Espanyol.
“He’ll have to bide his time a bit more because he’s coming into a very successful team in a very successful system.
“I think next season we’ll start to see a lot more of him, but I think he’s set up for a better Wolves career than Cutrone.”
Podence is a far more versatile player than Cutrone.
The latter was solely a centre-forward, unable to play on the right or the left wing, but as Edwards says, Podence can play in numerous positions and do them all well.
He scored 13 goals and registered 14 assists across 68 games for Olympiacos and has already been called up to the full Portugal squad at the age of 24.
He has oodles of talent and one has to believe that Nuno Espirito Santo has a plan for his introduction to the team.
It is time to trust the manager and trust that Podence will be utilised properly next season.
As it is, Wolves continue to fight for European qualification – they are sixth in the Premier League, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – and introducing a wildcard into the mix could either see them through or hamper them.
Santo is taking the softly, softly approach and is spot on to do so.