The international break offers a chance to look at what we can learn from the first three matches of the Premier League season.

Wolves haven’t scored or got a point yet, but the performances have been good and deserved more.

Beyond the goal and assist figures, we’ve had a look at FBRef’s data and picked out some stats concerning Wolves players.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold plays almost as a playmaker for Liverpool and has whipped in 19 league crosses so far this season.

But Wolves’ left wing-back Marcal is only one behind on 18. That showcases how much he’s involved in Bruno Lage’s new, more attacking gameplan.

His 18 is seven more than Adama Traore, who has been causing defences all kinds of problems this term.

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Neves and Saiss also in top tens

The numbers also bear out how Lage wants Ruben Neves to be adventurous with his passing.

He has made eight key passes, only creating one fewer chance than £100 million Manchester City man Jack Grealish.


In total, he has 13 shot-creating actions – a statistical measure Traore sits top of – the same as England star Mason Mount.

Neves is also on 22 passes into the final third, ahead of the likes of Paul Pogba at Manchester United, who has been earning rave reviews.

There have also been seven balls into the penalty area, the same as his Portuguese international teammate Bruno Fernandes.

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Saiss’ ‘progressive passing distance’ of 1421 metres is better than every Premier League central defender aside from Adam Webster and Ruben Dias.

He’s also been pressuring opponents well, with a success rate of 46.4 per cent only bettered by four players in the division.

His 23 clearances are more than Virgil van Dijk, while Marcal and fellow defender Max Kilman have nine and eight interceptions respectively, putting them among the league leaders.

The main stat which matters is the scoreline and that’s what Wolves need to improve when they face Watford after the international break, but the underlying numbers show they’re doing a lot of good work which will be rewarded with results eventually.

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