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Toti Gomes posts on Instagram after star makes first Wolves first-team appearance in three months vs Norwich

Toti Gomes returned to the Wolves starting XI on Sunday against Norwich City.

The central defender was brought back into the team by Bruno Lage having not made an appearance since the early February.

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His last game actually came against Norwich in the FA Cup defeat.

Many fans had been calling for Gomes to get some minutes, with the defence having really struggled in recent weeks.

For two-thirds of the campaign, Wanderers have been really solid at the back.

But just lately, Wolves have been leaking goals, and that, combined with the lack of quality in the final third, has been a recipe for disaster.

The inability to defend well has essentially cost Wolves European football. Lage needed his backline to remain tight if the club were to have any chance.

So Gomes played on Sunday in place of Romain Saiss, and the 23-year-old again did well with his chance.

Wolves were still shaky at the back, but Gomes was solid and easily outperformed his two colleagues Willy Boly and Conor Coady.

The Shropshire Star gave him a 7/10 for his display, saying of him: “On his first appearance since February 5, Gomes proved why he deserved a chance earlier. Composed, strong in the tackle and unflinching.”

He did his starting prospects for next season the world of good.

Fans are hoping to see a couple of new centre-back signings this summer.

But Gomes getting more minutes is something that really should be welcomed.

After yesterday’s game, Gomes posted on Instagram. He wrote: “Last home game of the season. We wanted a different ending but wasn’t possible. Thank you to all the fans for the huge support yesterday!.”

There were lots of comments of support from fans, and Nelson Semedo also replied with a comment many will probably agree with. He replied ‘Maquina’, which translates to ‘Machine’.

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The decision to bring Gomes back from his loan at Grasshoppers earlier this year, and then give him a chance in the Premier League, looks to be an inspired one.

Across his four appearances, Gomes has shown real composure, solidity and quality.

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It would be really good to see him more involved next season.

The development if Max Kilman is proof that belief in young talent can result in success at Molineux. And Gomes should seek to follow the Englishman’s example.

Lage suggested Gomes could form part of a rebuild next season. And it would be brilliant to see him play significantly more.

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