This afternoon Wolverhampton Wanderers took to the pitch for the first time under new head coach Bruno Lage against League One side Crewe Alexandra.

But it was not only Lage who was making his Wolves debut today, with new signing Francisco Trincao starting the game after his transfer from Barcelona.

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The winger signed on loan from Barcelona with the option for Lage’s team to make it permanent. The fee is rumoured to be around £25 million.

Trincao spent one full season at Barcelona, making 28 appearances in the league scoring 3 goals.

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New formation for Lage

Kick off was delayed by 15 minutes due to local traffic issues on the M6. Wolves opted to play a 4-4-2 formation against the League One side, a system Lage regularly deployed throughout his previous spell at Benfica.

The biggest news was the return of Raul Jimenez, who was unlucky not to score in the first half with his free kick deflecting off the bar.


Trincao started on the right of a midfield four, causing Crewe problems with his silky dribbling.

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For the second half the new signing was substituted alongside the majority of Wolves’ starting lineup, as Lage looked to ease his side into the pre-season.

What are Wolves fans saying?

Wolves fans generally seemed excited by Trincao’s arrival and have gone to Twitter to express their delight at seeing the new number 11.

As you can see below, one Wolves fan thinks that the youngster is actually better than Barcelona and Argentina international Lionel Messi.

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