Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards says Francisco Trincao has been hit and miss this season, but praised his cameo performance against Chelsea.
The 22-year-old had been named on the bench for the clash at Stamford Bridge.
But Bruno Lage gave word from afar to put him on with around 15 minutes to go as Wolves sought to come back from two goals down.
And the youngster quickly repaid his manager’s faith, scoring a stunning goal to get Wanderers back in the contest.
He picked the ball up from the right side after being released by Chiquinho.
He then cut inside on his strong left foot and unleashing an unstoppable curling effort into the top corner past Edouard Mendy.
It was a moment of sheer quality from Trincao, which led to high praise from Edwards in his latest Express & Star column.
He said: “Trincao was terrific. He’s been so hit and miss this year but when he gets it right he’s a fine player.”
It was only Trincao’s second Premier League goal for Wolves since joining the club last year on loan from Barcelona.
He also scored in the Carabao Cup back in August.
Trincao’s form prior to the game with Chelsea had not been so good. After looking lively in the games against Aston Villa and Leeds United, he dropped a poor display against Newcastle United on April 8, which was his last start for the club.
Dave Edwards’ assessment of Francisco Trincao is spot on
‘Hit and miss’ is a good way of describing Trincao’s season.
We have undoubtedly seen glimpses of his class and potential.
But things haven’t always come off for Trincao, who has been managing the transition from La Liga to Premier League.
He has largely underwhelmed, but his showing against Chelsea was a reminder that he when he does get it right he is a fine player, as Edwards say.
There have been reports that Wolves aren’t going to buy the youngster permanently.
But they surfaced before his display against Chelsea.
One wonders if Wolves might just want to take a punt on him given the strong likelihood of Adama Traore leaving. It would of course depend on Trincao actually wanting to stay put though.