There have been no shortage of poor performers in Wolves‘ side so far this season but after some extremely underwhelming recent form, Daniel Podence deserves to be dropped.
The former Olympiacos man actually started the season in decent form for the Old Gold, scoring on the opening-day defeat against Leeds United and notching again in the 1-0 win over Southampton, although his two goals have actually come from an xG of 2.14, which shows that he is slightly underperforming in that department.
However, he has failed to score or assist in any of his seven appearances since then, with WhoScored awarding him below a 6.8 rating for his performances in all but one of those games.
While there was an improved team performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford, he summed up Wolves’ lack of efficiency in front of goal when he wasted a golden opportunity in the first half.
Express and Star journalist Liam Keen tweeted: “Some superb pressing from Neves sees him win the ball and play Podence. He races into the box but his shot is so weak. Steve Davis is furious on the touchline.”
Since signing for Wolves in January 2020, the tricky winger has managed just 12 goals and eight assists in 82 appearances for the club, with a lack of consistency seemingly a universal problem amongst the attackers in Davis’ side.
Podence’s 6.48 average rating in the Premier League this season sees him ranked as the 13th-best player in the Old Gold’s squad, which suggests that it is surely time for the interim boss to give someone else a go in attack.
Only Raul Jimenez has been dispossessed more often in the Premier League this season, while only Pedro Neto and Adama Traore have more poor controls of the ball per game in Wolves’ squad, which suggests that he is often guilty of losing possession.
Like a number of Wolves’ attackers, the 27-year-old could be accused of being too small and lacking physicality, which was emphasised when he was recognised as the player to play the most minutes without committing a foul in the Premier League in 2021.