Julen Lopetegui told Joe Hodge that he was ‘very good’ against Leeds United earlier this week.
The new Wolves boss was taking a look around Compton Park on Friday after arriving in England.
Lopetegui was then in the stands on Saturday at Molineux for the game with Arsenal, which Wolves lost 2-0. He was unveiled before kick-off.
Lopetegui will be back at Compton tomorrow to officially start work as head coach.
There is a lot of work to be done now over the new few weeks while the World Cup is going on.
Wolves currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League table, and have many issues that need addressing.
But in recent weeks, there have been some positive signs.
The team has been showing a bit more fight lately, and the integration of young players by Steve Davis has been good to see.
One man who has been able to get a bit of involvement under Davis is Joe Hodge, who made his debut against Chelsea last month.
The 20-year-old was rewarded for his fine form with the U21s, and hard work to get back to full fitness after some serious injuries.
Wolves released a full video of Lopetegui’s first day at Compton, and at one point he bumps into young Hodge, who is with the sports science department.
After greeting the youngster, he tells him ‘In the last match, very good’.
Hodge started in central midfield in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with the Whites, alongside Ruben Neves and Connor Ronan. He helped the team to a 1-0 win at Molineux.
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Fans have been loving the video of Lopetegui going around Compton, and it’s clear he has a bit of an aura about him and that he commands respect.
The moment with Hodge was nice to see.
Davis has put his faith in the youngsters of late, and it will be really interesting to see how much they will all feature under Lopetegui, if at all.
Perhaps this indicates that Lopetegui likes what he has seen from Hodge and is a fan.
It must have been brilliant for Hodge to hear that from the new man in charge, and especially given his pedigree.
Hopefully, he can continue to have a good level of involvement as a new era begins with Lopetegui