Wolverhampton Wanderers booked their spot in the Europa League last-16 draw despite defeat to Espanyol on Thursday – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter picked out Daniel Podence for huge praise for his performance.
Wolves annihilated the Spanish opposition 4-0 last week at Molineux in the first leg, which meant they were in a strong position going into their second meeting.
Nunu Espirito Santo’s side ended up losing 3-2 with the La Liga side in the second leg, handing them a 6-3 aggregate lead in the Round of 32 tie.
Adama Traore and Matt Doherty were both on the scoresheet for the visitors, who made five changes from the weekend.
Wolves were certainly nowhere near their fluent best without some key players and were surprisingly vulnerable in defence.
But a selection of the club’s fans on social media did find some positivity in attacker Podence, who impressed on his first start since his January arrival from Olympiacos.
Podence came into the XI to be a shining light in the Wolves defeat and has surely put his hand up for more opportunities moving forward.
The 24-year-old assisted both goals, with the second a great pass across the goal to an unmarked Doherty to tap into the net.
He is a dynamic Portuguese forward that is great with both feet and he looked positive with his direct dribbling against Espanyol.
Here are some Wolves fans hailing Podence:
Understand we were through and the mentality is different when you have a huge lead but hate losing tbh. Should have won 3-2 on the night. Feep sorry for Neto. Seemed too casual tonight and you cant do that at this level. Podence looks some player tho #wwfc #EspanyolWolves #wol
— Matt 🐺🧡🖤 🎈🎈🛒 (@GallimoreMatt) February 27, 2020
— Dr Nuno’s European Adventure Extravaganza (@NormWolves85) February 27, 2020
2 assists for Podence then, looked pretty good ain’t he? Considering it’s been less than classy football from us he’s stood out. #wwfc
— Tom (@Kumpi3) February 27, 2020
Podence has been quality.
— Josh (@Lem_WWFC) February 27, 2020
Podence MotM by a mile for us #wwfc
— Steve Lees (@measlewolf) February 27, 2020
Podence is looking like some quality stuff #wwfc
— 🅱️en Turner (@_KyloBen) February 27, 2020
Podence is quality more of him pls #wwfc
— soph (@sophiawwfc) February 27, 2020
Not the best performance, but it doesn’t matter because Wolves are THROUGH! Great evening for Podence #wwfc 🐺
— MattyShaun (@MattyShaun) February 27, 2020
Man of the match is for sure Podence. Two assists and some really useful movement and runs. With him, Jota, Raul, Traore and Neto, we have some real options going forward. #wwfc
— James Flynn (@james_flynn) February 27, 2020
Podence was the only bright spark tonight but Nuno could afford to make changes and it paid off. 👍🏼 #WWFC
— Jake Longworth (@JakeLongworth) February 27, 2020