Bruno Lage has insisted he is happy with Francisco Trincao’s contributions so far at Wolves.
The 21-year-old is halfway through his season-long loan at Molineux, and has had plenty of opportunities to impress so far.
Trincao has made 19 appearances across all competitions so far.
The youngster has had a bit of a mixed bag so far at the club.
He regularly shows what fantastic feet he has, and is clearly very skilful. He currently has a real knack for nutmegging opposition players.
But Trincao’s goals and assists numbers are underwhelming. He has just one goal to his name so far, which came against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup back in August.
Despite this return, Lage says he is pleased with Trincao’s work so far.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “I’m very happy with him.
I really don’t care about that (goals and assists numbers). What I care about is what they give to the club
“To be honest, Trincao is the winger who can do best as the third midfielder when I need that.
“They can give me a lot of things and I’ve already said that. They have different profiles, but Trincao is the best guy if I need a mix between a winger and a third midfielder.”
Trincao has mainly been used off the right wing this season.
That has seen him compete with Adama Traore for minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Spaniard leaves in the coming days, with Tottenham Hotspur reportedly confident of signing him.
Should he go, it could be that Trincao gets even more chances to prove his worth.
Bruno Lage believes in Trincao, he just needs to believe in himself
It is clear Trincao is a player that Lage really likes.
He has blown hot and cold, but the manager has given him ample opportunity to show what he can do.
And given these comments, he will continue to get chances.
That must be a good feeling for the youngster. Hopefully he’ll take real heart from these words and kick on in the second half of the season.
It is clear there is a player in there. He is still adapting to English football. But Pedro Neto took some time to get comfortable in his first term, before he flourished last season. It is possible the same could happen with Trincao.