Nelson Semedo has admitted his first season with Wolves ‘wasn’t good’, as he talked about playing under Bruno Lage compared to Nuno Espirito Santo.
The wing-back has just finished his second term at Molineux.
The 28-year-old suffered a couple of hamstring injuries towards the end of the season, and so he was limited to 25 Premier League appearances.
But when he did play in 2021/22, Semedo often gave a good performance.
The star was arguably one of Wanderers’ best performers over the course of the season.
He was a great outlet for the team, and definitely improved the defensive side of his game.
Semedo finished the campaign with just one goal to his name. Really, He ought to have had quite a few more given he squandered a number of clear-cut chances earlier in the season.
But regardless of that it was a strong showing overall from Semedo, who has spoken about his struggles in his first term.
He told the Express & Star: “My first season wasn’t good. I couldn’t be me and I don’t know why, I don’t have an explanation for it. I guess I was not used to playing without the ball. At Benfica and Barcelona we always had the ball.
“Here was a new country, a different and very competitive league, and I had a lot of struggles to adapt to the football.
“My first season wasn’t good and I’m the first one to say that – I know it wasn’t good.
“This season has been way better. Bruno (Lage) has brought something different to the club.
“Nuno (Espirito Santo) is a great coach and person, he had great staff and I loved to work with them, but it was different. Bruno likes to play more with the ball and that makes a lot of difference not only in me, but in all of the players here. Now I’ve started to show what I’m capable of.”
Nelson Semedo has responded well to Bruno Lage’s arrival at Wolves
Semedo definitely had a shaky start to life at Molineux.
Often he was caught out positionally, and couldn’t really make much of an impact going forwards.
Without doubt he has improved significantly since Lage came to the club.
The biggest thing now for Semedo is to increase his productivity in the final third. He may be a wing-back, but he gets into some very dangerous positions.
He needs to improve his goals and assists numbers for the areas he gets into.
Hopefully he’s able to soon recover from his latest injury, for which he was just had surgery.