Braga manager Carlos Carvalhal has said Bruno Lage tells him ‘all the time’ about working with a small squad.
The 56-year-old appeared on Sky Sports News this morning to talk about Wolves under his former coach at Sheffield Wednesday.
Currently, Wanderers lie eighth in the Premier League table.
The club are just four points behind Manchester United in fourth, and there has been growing belief that Wolves can perhaps achieve European football this season.
It is very tight at the moment.
But if Wolves can continue to be as solid as they have been at the back, then they will give themselves a chance.
But Wolves will also need to have luck on their side. Specifically with injuries.
That’s because Wolves don’t have a huge squad, and no ‘first-team ready’ players came in last month.
Lage has publicly banged the drum for new additions. He wanted a new central defender.
And it seems Lage has also spoken to Carvalhal about the small pool of resources he is having to work with.
Carvalhal said at 11.47am: “I think he has (only) a few resources. I spoke with him often. He tells me all the time ‘I have 15,16,17 players’.
“They are doing amazing, but we can expect too much of Wolverhampton. I hope he continues to do that and improves what he’s doing. I hope they don’t have injuries, also.
“If you don’t have injuries, with these players, he’ll do fantastic.”
Fosun have got to back Bruno Lage in the summer, or he could be off
We don’t know if Lage has been venting to Carvalhal.
But the small squad is clearly something that’s on the manager’s mind.
We know that he wants competition for every position in the team. And he has spoken about have quality to choose from.
He also wanted a central defender in January, and he didn’t get his wish.
Lage is working wonders with the tools he has and has surely earned the right to some significant backing from Fosun.
If they fail to provide that in the next window, Lage will likely not be too happy.