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Three questions for Wolves boss Lage ahead of Southampton clash

Wolves need to recover from a disappointing week when they travel to Southampton on Sunday.

This is a winnable match but there is plenty to occupy the mind of boss Bruno Lage ahead of the trip to St Mary’s.

Here is a look at three questions he needs to find an answer for if Wolves are to get all three points.

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Is it time for change?

Because performances were good in the early part of the season despite the results, Lage has remained loyal to his starting 11.

But there comes a point when a shake-up is needed and Daniel Podence and Hwang Hee-Chan are knocking on the door.

A personnel change is more likely than a formation one but both should be considered to rouse Wolves here.

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Will Wolves start faster?

Wolves have been 2-0 down in the first half of their last two matches, both at home. That simply cannot continue.

Lage’s side have been slow starters since pre-season, when an abject first half against Celta Vigo was followed by a much-changed second half.

With confidence low, Wolves have to attack this game from the very off and not allow Southampton to get a foothold or a goal start.


Are tough calls required on stalwarts?

Conor Coady and Raul Jimenez have both been way below their best so far this season.

The pair were stalwarts under Nuno Espirito Santo, but Lage must be wondering whether the time has come to drop one or both.

They may well be able to play through this period of poor form, but Lage may be tempted to drop them to the bench to see whether that helps the players and the team.

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