Bruno Lage has hailed Daniel Podence after the winger produced a fantastic display today against Sheffield United.
The club are into the fourth round of the FA Cup, after blowing away the Blades at Molineux.
After a shaky start, Wolves took the lead. The brilliant Fabio Silva slipped in Podence to finish at the near post.
That goal settled Wolves, who played some really nice stuff at times in the first-half. Silva and Podence really did show great link-up play.
The former Olympiacos star then played a big part in Wolves’ second goal. He played in Rayan Ait-Nouri with a lovely through ball. The Frenchman then squared for Nelson Semedo to score his first of the season.
Podence, 26, then grabbed a second, converting from the edge of the box after Raul Jimenez pounced on a mistake by Blades ‘keeper Wes Foderingham.
It’s difficult to recall a better display from Podence in an old gold shirt.
He was really at the races today and oozed class at times.
After the game, Lage expressed his delight with the forward. He said (via Express & Star): “I am very happy with him. He is working hard.
“Remember two or three months ago when you guys were talking more about Hwang and Adama, every time I said ‘don’t forget Daniel’.
“He has come from injury and every time he comes from the bench he helps the team. Now, in the last two months, he is doing very well.
“He helps the team a lot. He didn’t start the season working with me and now he understands better what I want and what I believe he can give us.”
Daniel Podence must seize the moment for Wolves, after fantastic performance against Sheffield United and Lage praise
Podence was a joy to watch today.
His technical quality was in full flow, and you could tell Silva relished playing up top with him.
He was on song throughout, and it’s exciting for Wolves to have a player with such natural ability.
The question now is whether Podence can show consistency.
He hasn’t always been able to do that during his time at Molineux.
With Hwang Hee-chan currently on the sidelines, Francisco Trincao blowing hot and cold and Adama Traore’s future up in the air, it is his moment to grasp.