Wolves will be facing off against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace this afternoon in their latest Premier League fixture.
Having lost their two previous league games on the road against Arsenal and West Ham United, the Old Gold are back at Molineux today to try and secure all three points against the south London club.
In terms of which players Bruno Lage could pick in his starting XI to take on the Eagles today, one man who didn’t start against West Ham last weekend but who we think should be in from the beginning this time around is Daniel Podence.
With Lage picking Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao on the wings at the London Stadium, who both failed to test opposing goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski with even a single shot on target throughout their time on the pitch, this could persuade the manager to put Podence back into the team.
Despite netting just one goal and providing two assists in the league so far this season, Podence has still proved to be an attacking threat by averaging 1.2 shots per game (surpassed only by Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves), along with the highest average of key passes per game in Lage’s squad with 1.3.
Taking all this into account, it could be the best option for the 45-year-old to make some changes to his team this afternoon, particularly in attack, to see if this would give the home side a better chance of securing victory at Molineux and putting their disappointing run of form behind them.
Having been previously labelled by Michael Kightly as a player who is “exactly what Wolves need”, today could be another opportunity for Podence – who is currently earning £52k-p/w according to Salary Sport – to show everyone how important he can be for his side, especially if he can add another goal or assist to his record for the campaign and help the Old Gold to a timely victory.