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Toti Gomes ready to play left-back for Wolves if needed

Wolves defender Toti Gomes says he is ready to operate as a left-back if Bruno Lage needs.

The star is yet to make an appearance so far this season for Wolves.

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The manager has named an unchanged back four for each of the first three Premier League games.

Maximilian Kilman and Nathan Collins have lined up in the middle, and both have given pretty solid accounts of themselves so far.

The duo look to be the pairing of choice for Lage moving forwards.

That will mean those in reserve will need to be patient.

Toti is set to be a part of Lage’s first-team plans for 2022/23 after impressing last season following his return to the club from Grasshoppers.

Toti came back to Molineux in January, and started a few games while Romain Saiss was on AFCON duty with Morocco.

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He did really well, and then got a couple more games under his belt at the end of the campaign.

In pre-season, Toti was deployed as a left-back, and the 23-year-old is ready to play out wide if Lage needs him to.

He told the club’s official website: “It’s nothing that I’ve not done before. I’ve already played in this formation in the past, but of course there are differences within each coach’s system, and there are also differences between the championships I was playing this formation in. But so far, it’s going well and we’re all adapting to the new style.

“I’ve also played a few times as left-back because of the injury to Nelson, but again, I’ve already played that position. Before I started playing centre-back, I was a left-back, so I can do that position as well, although I used to do it easier some years ago as I hadn’t got used to playing in the centre. But it’s another position which I can play if the coach needs me to.”

Toti Gomes’ versatility will come in handy for Wolves

Toti looked really good last season as he deputised for Saiss.

It would be great if he managed to get regular minutes this season, but he may need to be quite patient, with Collins and Kilman looking like a good pairing.

But him being able to play left-back is a positive for him.

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With Jonny Castro Otto sometimes needed to play on the right, there could well be some opportunities for Toti in that position.

But there is also the potential for Lage to revert to a back three during games. If Wolves are trying to defend a lead, we might just see him come on in games to slot into a back three.