Former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker John Richards is looking forward to the new season.

Last term was disappointing, and it culminated in the team finishing 13th and Nuno Espirito Santo leaving the club after four years.

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Bruno Lage is in as his replacement, and hopes are high.

His achievements at Benfica were enough to convince the Wolves board into hiring him, and fans are hoping to see him bring a swashbuckling brand of football to the Black Country.

There’s been lots of transfer talk so far, but Richards is keen to see how Lage’s arrival will impact the current crop.

And he named two players he’s particularly excited to see under the tutelage of the 45-year-old.

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The club legend told the Shropshire Star: “Podence and Silva are both very talented, there’s no doubt about it.

“Sometimes when players come into teams, it can take them a while to get that high level of consistency.

 

“But with both players, what we’ve seen is enough to excite us.

“Podence, once he’s got into that rhythm and has that confidence of his place in the team, I think he can be a regular, outstanding performer.”

A fresh start for Podence

Hopefully Lage coming in will prompt a turnaround for Podence, who is still to convince many Wolves supporters.

The £17 million signing (BBC Sport) is an undeniable talent, but has struggled to make his mark in English football thus far.

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£80,000-a-week man Silva (Spotrac) is obviously still very young and so, it’s expected he’ll have tough times.

Podence is 25 though and really ought to be having much more influence.

Hopefully he’ll be able to hit the ground running under a new head coach when he comes back from his injury, as Richards predicts.

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