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Fernando Marcal enjoying regular game time with Botafogo after leaving Wolves

Fernando Marcal was one of several high profile exits from Wolves in the summer.

The Brazilian full-back departed Molineux after his contract had expired.

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Marcal spent two seasons at Wolves, after being signed on Nuno Espirito Santo’s watch, making 32 appearances for the club. That is not an especially great return. But he hardly cost Wolves anything in terms of a transfer fee, and he was used in rotation with Rayan Ait-Nouri and Jonny.

He also had a number of injury problems, which was probably to be expected given his record in recent years.

It was decided that Marcal would move on, with Bruno Lage wishing him well and describing him as ‘a top professional’ just before he left (via The Athletic).

Marcal headed back to his homeland to join Botafogo and so far, it’s been quite a productive stint for the 33-year-old.

He had a string of injury niggles at Wolves, but with Botafogo he’s been able to stay fit and has been heavily involved.

He’s made 14 appearances so far, playing 90 minutes in all but one of those games. He’s been on the winning side six times, drawn four and lost four.

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The star was known for being a defensive-minded full-back at Wolves. But he has actually showcased his attacking side a bit at his new club, scoring one fantastic goal against Fortaleza, and providing assists against Coritiba and Avai.

Around a month ago, Marcal spoke about his form, believing he was perhaps good enough to get into the Brazil squad.

He said (via Birmingham Mail): “Looking at the current scenario, not only of the players in the Brasileirão (Brazilian Championship), but also in the world, I would make the Brazilian team play better on the left side.”

It’s good to see Marcal getting regular game time after struggles at Wolves

Marcal seems to be enjoying his time at Botafogo so far, and it’s good to see him so heavily involved.

He didn’t get to play as much as he’d have liked at Molineux due to the injuries he picked up and also the strong competition from Ait-Nouri.

He was always a committed player when he did take to the field though.

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He could sometimes be a little rash, and technically and offensively he was not the best.

But he was a great competitor and never shirked a challenge. Too many current Wolves players are certainly guilty of doing this now.

It would be quite something if Marcal was able to play his way into Brazil’s World Cup squad, given he is still uncapped for his country.