Wolves manager Bruno Lage has moved to explain why he sometimes doesn’t make substitutions in-game sooner.
So far this season, the 45-year-old has gotten a lot of things right.
The team’s points tally of 16 after 10 games is very respectable.
It was a tough start, but things seems to be clicking into place now.
The performance against Everton, especially first-half, was very good, and fans are starting to get excited about what can be achieved this season.
The majority are firmly behind Lage and what he is trying to do, but there is one thing that some people have noticed with him so far.
Sometimes in games, Lage will wait an awful long time before making any substitutions.
This was the case against Everton on Monday night, when he didn’t change things up until the 79th minute with Daniel Podence replacing Francisco Trincao.
Some felt that particular change needed to happen 10 or 15 minutes earlier.
On the criticism about the timing of his changes, Lage said (Shropshire Star): “It depends on what happens in the game, you never know what can change.
“The fans love the club and support the player and manager, but sometimes they don’t understand what we need to put in our mind to make a sub. We need to question a lot of things to do subs sometimes.
“A good example is watching Raul. Sometimes maybe we need to change him but he’s also important to defend at set-pieces. Sometimes it’s the little things the fans don’t understand.”
Lage knows what he wants
It is very easy, as fans watching from the stand or the sofa, to sit and demand that certain things happen.
We all think we know best, especially when the manager’s decisions don’t pay off.
That is something that will always happen for a manger, but he’ll also do things that, in the end, become vindicated.
He’ll always have his reasons for doing what he does, and fans simply have to trust his process.