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Daniel Podence’s Wolves cameo suggests Diogo Jota may have work to do

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Daniel Podence’s Wolves cameo suggests Diogo Jota may have work to do

Wolverhampton Wanderers fans were treated to a glimpse of new signing Daniel Podence last weekend against Manchester United.

The winger, who arrived at Molineux in January for a reported £17 million (BBC Sport), was sent on to replace the injured Adama Traore against the Red Devils.

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The Portuguese forward quickly set about showing why Wolves brought him to the club from Olympiacos, giving Luke Shaw plenty to think about in the closing stages at Old Trafford.

His style prompted Sky commentator Gary Neville to draw an immediate comparison to Eden Hazard (Birmingham Mail), and if he turns out anything like the Belgian, then Wolves have done some amazing business.

His arrival at the club should provide fresh impetus for Nuno Espirito Santo, and shake things up a bit for the current crop of attackers.

Specifically, Diogo Jota is a man who quickly needs to get his act together or risk losing his starting berth.

 

TBR’s view – Jota the man most vulnerable

With Traore and Raul Jimenez clearly the biggest threats for Wolves this term, Podence’s arrival surely puts Jota most at risk of losing his place.

This term it hasn’t quite happened for the 23-year-old like it did in 2018/19, and he’s scored just three times in the Premier League so far – his last two strikes coming against Brighton back in early December.

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Concerningly, Jota – so key in 2018/19 – hasn’t completed 90 minutes since the game against Tottenham Hotspur on December 15, suggesting the manager sees him as much more dispensable at the moment.

Jota isn’t necessarily playing particularly badly, it’s just he isn’t being anywhere near as effective as his colleagues.

Following Podence’s lively cameo, he’ll undoubtedly have to raise the bar.

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