Having joined from Olympiakos in a £16.6m deal in the last week of the January transfer window, Wolves fans would surely have been salivating at the prospect of seeing Daniel Podence in action.
And the 24-year-old came on to enjoy his debut for the club when he helped his side clinch a 0-0 draw with Manchester United on Saturday afternoon. The winger was thrown on for Adama Traore in the 76th minute, and in the limited time he was on the pitch at Old Trafford, he showed Nuno Espirito Santo and the travelling fans just exactly why they signed him.
As per Sofascore, he had one shot on goal blocked, played one key pass and cross, and also showed his defensive diligence by winning both of his ground duels, and making a tackle and interception a piece.
It was an all-round cameo from the Portuguese ace, and after watching his performance, Wolves fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the former Olympiakos man.
podence will be a baller
— Matthew Lloyd (@shakeenbake_1) February 1, 2020
Podence has a great first touch , pace , balance, passing ability, he slotted straight in and looked like he’d been here a while , he’ll be a big lad when he grows up too☝️😳
— Jack Sparra (@JackSparra3) February 1, 2020
Excited to see Podence in the team he’s had a few weeks with the team and a warm weather break. Roll on Valentine’s Day…
— Sarah (@sarahbellita) February 1, 2020
Jota was immense just wait til he’s fully match fit, Podence is gonna be incredible 🐺🖤🧡
— scotty (@Molly71Scott) February 1, 2020
Podence is going to be brilliant. I can just tell.
— James York (@JamesJWYork) February 1, 2020
Nuno got his point and United still can’t beat us in the league.
Podence looks like he will scare a few defences.
Point was fair
— Mitch Davis (@mitchdavis_1) February 1, 2020
A couple of fans even drew comparisons between Podence and current Real Madrid star Eden Hazard.
good to see big Willy back on the pitch & a clean sheet,looked rusty which is to be expected but will sharpen up,Jota showed glimpses of his old self,Podence looks like he could be a Hazard type player & Neves was superb,if we’d of been a bit more adventurous then who knows
— Tod (@toddo08) February 1, 2020
Daniel Podence is the Portuguese Eden Hazard pass it on #wwfc
— Dan Southall (@WolfInDerby) February 1, 2020
One fan in particular meanwhile appeared to poke fun at United for spending £47m on their Portuguese January signing, Bruno Fernandes.
Solid performance, impressed with Podence, he looks a tricky player (and he didn’t cost £47m 😂)
— MattySW 🏴 (@iMattySW) February 1, 2020
Having been given less than 15 minutes to shine by Nuno, Podence did everything he could to make the most of his opportunity. He almost grabbed the winner too, but saw his swivel and shot blocked by a recovering United defender very late on.
There was plenty of promise about his display, not least the fact he didn’t shy away from getting into challenges, and making a tackle.
Shifting Traore from the first-team might be tricky, but Podence certainly showed enough to warrant a greater chance over the coming weeks and months.