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Bruno Lage defends Trincao after 1-0 West Ham loss

Bruno Lage subbed Francisco Trincao off on the hour mark against West Ham on Sunday and was then asked about criticism of the winger after the game.

As per the Express and Star, Lage defended the wideman, saying that it is not just about his performances but the rest of the team as well.

Wolves have lost both crucial trips to London in recent days, which have meant their chances of getting into Europe next season have had a blow.

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“I think it’s not just Trincao, it’s about everyone, especially in front, to be more aggressive,” Lage said when asked specifically about criticism of Trincao.

“We need to be more aggressive. It’s not just about him, it’s about everyone. Being aggressive is about movement, runs in behind, shooting on target.

“It’s not just for Trincao, it’s about everyone. When the opponent gives us the space to build up and the space between the lines, we manage the game the way we like.

“After that it’s the situations. We need to create more chances and understand the profile of the players and the things they are good at. We will continue to work to find our way to score goals.”

“We are working hard on that, but I cannot change the profile of the players. We need to continue to work on that. There was a lot of space between the lines to play the way we play and then in the final third we need to be more aggressive.”

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We have written about Trincao’s situation and as it stands right now, it would not make any sense to trigger the clause to buy the winger in the summer.

There have been reports from Spain that a swap will take place between Adama Traore and Trincao, keeping both players at their current loan clubs permanently.

But surely, as it stands, it would be better for Wolves to get the money in for Traore and try and spend it on a central defender or midfielder rather than having Trincao long-term.