Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday confirmed the appointment of Bruno Lage.
The 45-year-old replaces Nuno Espirito Santo, who departed after Wolves’ final game of the 2020/21 season against Manchester United.
Lage arrives in the Black Country as a relatively little known entity.
He has been in England before as assistant manager to Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City.
But he is by no means a household name, and fans are keen to get to know him more.
Today, the Wolves website has published an interview with Nuno Travassos. He is a Portuguese journalist who covered Lage’s Benfica side extensively for Maisfutebol.
Travassos believes the appointment is an exciting one.
He suggests Lage will bring attacking football to Molineux, and could opt for a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 system.
Travassos also discussed the current Wolves stars that Lage could take a shine to.
He said: “I believe Nelson Semedo will grow with Bruno because they know each other. It will be Nelson’s second season and he’ll be more confident. Also, Pedro Neto had a great season before he got injured, and he’s a player Bruno will certainly like, like Daniel Podence.
“Bruno may be the right coach, I’m not saying Nuno wasn’t, but I believe Bruno can put Fabio Silva on another level.”
An interesting assessment
What’s interesting about the players Travassos named, is that they are all attackers, or attack-minded in Semedo’s case.
It would be great to see these talented players really flourish under a coach who could release the shackles a bit.
The hardworking Silva showed some promising signs last season and it would particularly good to see Lage get the best of him.