Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently in the top six in the Premier League and will be hoping to continue their fantastic run of form that could see the club challenging for Europa League football next season.
Bruno Lage’s side have taken six wins and one draw from their first twelve games in the Premier League, which has put them clear of the likes of Manchester United.
One player who has had an impact on Wolves’ impressive progress this season is winger, Daniel Podence, who has been challenging Adama Traore and Barcelona loan player, Francisco Trincao for a place in the team.
The 26-year-old has impressed many with his recent performances, including Alan Shearer who was full of praise for the Wolves player hailing him a “bright spark” after a win against West Ham last weekend;
“He was a real bright spark. He forced a couple of good saves from the goalkeeper but at least Podence is getting his shots away.
“He has a really good understanding with Jimenez and this (goal) sums it up perfectly. Give, go… but it’s clever from Podence because he has a little look where Jimenez is.
“That’s a really good finish and it won them the game in the end. It’s really good play from both of them.”
Shearer’s insight on the connection and link up in play between Jimenez and Podence is something Lage should consider when picking his team for the upcoming fixtures ahead, where Wolves will need to pick up points to stay in the conversation for European football.
That’s because his attacking qualities could truly transform the Molineux outfit with both Traore and Trincao struggling to find the net in 2021/22.
The Portuguese winger has two goals and two assists in eleven appearances so far this season for his team and will be hoping to establish himself as a first-team regular as he continues to prove how well he can link play and seek out goal scoring opportunities.
Podence and Jimenez can form a valuable partnership that could be a real attacking asset to the side, making sure that connection and bond are built, especially with Trincao only on loan and Traore continuously linked with a move away from the club.
It makes sense to build a team that is committed to the club and the vision going forward, to ensure that the team can rely on each other to provide performances that enable Wolves to compete at the highest level.
Lage will be hoping the side can put in another perfect performance to take maximum points from a vulnerable Norwich side away from home at Carrow Road this weekend.
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