Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday.

Bruno Lage is looking to get the club’s season up and running, after three 1-0 defeats so far.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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Wolves are unfortunate to be sitting where they are in the table.

The finishing must improve. But it is encouraging to see Wolves playing exciting football and created so many chances.

At the time of writing, it is looking touch-and-go whether Raul Jimenez will be able to feature.

The Shropshire Star report today that Wolves are still waiting to see if they will be sanctioned for not releasing the striker for international duty.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Wolves stopped him from traveling to Mexico as the country is currently on the red list.

Jimenez would have been unable to play against Watford and Brentford had he gone.

Now he may be stopped from facing Watford, and Wolves could be fined.

If he is to miss the clash, here are three players Lage could turn to.


Hwang Hee-chan

The South Korean was the final signing for Wolves in the summer window, and might get the nod.

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Hwang Hee-chan (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

He can play as a striker, although previously he has tended to operate in a partnership.

The 25-year-old will be itching for a chance, and a start may already be in the offing for him.

Fabio Silva

He often deputised for Jimenez last season, and this could be Fabio Silva’s first chance to shine in 2021/22.

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Fabio Silva (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The youngster has bulked up a little having been sticking to a personal plan over the summer.

It would be nice to see him get a chance.

He’s just made his debut for the Portugal U21s and could well be on a high from that.

Adama Traore

He has displayed some wayward finishing thus far, but Adama Traore has arguably been Wolves’ best player.

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Adama Traore (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

He has been an absolute menace in the first three games, and Lage may think about getting him right up top if Jimenez can’t feature.

Traore would be more effective out wide, but Lage could use Daniel Podence and Francisco Trincao in those positions if he wanted the Spaniard more central.

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