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Wolves must unleash Guedes after Costa suspension

Wolverhampton Wanderers remain in the Premier League relegation zone following a 1-1 draw with Brentford at the weekend.

The result means Steve Davis has won just one match since taking interim charge after Bruno Lage was sacked at the start of the month.

Will Goncalo Guedes come good at Wolves?





The away point might prove to be crucial come the end of the campaign, however with Diego Costa sent off in the latter stages, Davis now faces a striker crisis.

He must now turn to Wolves’ £27.5m summer signing Goncalo Guedes to lead the line against Brighton and Hove Albion this weekend, and it could work out well.

On the chalkboard

Since joining from Valencia in the transfer window, Guedes hasn’t exactly had the greatest of starts, starting just six games and averaging only 54 minutes per match.

He has made 0.8 key passes per game while registering one assist and creating a solitary big chance, but with Costa, Sasa Kalajdzic, and Raul Jimenez now all missing, he should be unleashed in a centre-forward role.

Guedes proved last season that he can offer a solid goalscoring threat, scoring 11 La Liga goals and taking 1.9 shots per match.

With his goals being spread between his right foot (6) left (2) and headed (3), it’s clear that this versatility, whether the ball is played into his feet or a cross delivered into the box, means he will be confident of scoring.

Previously dubbed an “animal” by one journalist and a “special talent” by analytics site Between the Lines, his ability to feature across the front three is certainly a big plus for the Molineux outfit.

The 25-year-old may have struggled to make the transition from La Liga to the Premier League in his ten league matches thus far, but it is too soon to write him off.

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The stats the forward displayed for Valencia last season prove that his attacking abilities, not only to score goals but to provide chances for his teammates, are superb.

Davis doesn’t have many players to choose from in terms of who can lead the line against Brighton, but Guedes should be the prime candidate