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Wolves must ruthlessly ditch Daniel Podence

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ season has gone from bad to worse in the previous two weeks. First, the club sacked manager Bruno Lage following just one victory in the Premier League so far this season, and then the Old Gold then lost 3-0 against Chelsea last weekend.

Academy coaches Steve Davis and James Collins were in the dugout for that match and will manage the team against Nottingham Forest at Molineux this afternoon.

It is a must-win match for the Old Gold, and there should be some changes made from the poor performance against Chelsea last Saturday.

Daniel Podence let the team down majorly in the capital, and the interim duo should be looking at ruthlessly dropping him to the bench today.

There is no doubting the quality that the 26-year-old possesses, with his former manager Lage describing him as a “clever” player. He has scored two of Wolves’ three league goals this season, proving that he can be a danger to the opposition when he’s in the mood.

Against Chelsea, though, he was arguably the worst player on the pitch. The Portuguese forward received a rating of just 5.9 for his abject display in west London, and this will surely be considered be Collins and Davis ahead of the must-win match today.

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Podence completed just 20 passes, succeeded with none of his three attempted dribbles and won just one of his eight duels at Stamford Bridge. Furthermore, he lost possession a staggering 18 times and took just 45 touches all afternoon as Chelsea ran out comfortable winners.

On that form, persevering with the 26-year-old could cost Wolves dearly against fellow strugglers Forest this afternoon. Therefore, the £60k-per-week forward should make way for someone else to take up the slot behind the main striker, but the question is who?

Summer arrival Goncalo Guedes operates mainly out on the left wing, while Hee-chan Hwang is more of a centre-forward.

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This conundrum might result in a change of formation for Wolves as they aim for just their second win of the league campaign.

The Old Gold look short of confidence, and whoever comes in to take charge on a permanent basis faces a huge job on their hands to save them from a likely relegation battle.

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