West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League


Toti Gomes should be fuming with Bruno Lage for overlooking him against West Ham

Wolves fell to another defeat in the Premier League against West Ham United yesterday.

Wanderers lost 2-0 at the London Stadium thanks to goals from Gianluca Scamacca and Jarrod Bowen.

The latest result and performance has left Bruno Lage clinging to his job, with The Telegraph reporting the club are seriously considering his position as head coach.

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There has been serious clamour from fans on social media for Lage to be sacked in the aftermath of the game.

It would appear a large section of the fanbase would now like to see a change.

There were some truly bizarre calls from Lage yesterday, which makes it very difficult to back him.

The starting XI was borderline ridiculous.

Daniel Podence played in the false nine position again, which is an experiment that has repeatedly failed in previous weeks.

Pedro Neto was again handed a start, despite being in perhaps his worst patch of form since his arrival at the club. The winger only lasted midway through the first-half before sustaining an ankle injury.

And Joao Moutinho also started, despite struggling in recent weeks.

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But it was the defence that really raised eyebrows.

Lage reverted back to five, which became a four at points in the game.

Ruben Neves, one of the Premier League’s finest holding midfielders, was deployed in the middle of a three with Jonny Castro Otto to his right and Maximilian Kilman to his left. But he sometimes became a right-sided centre-back in a four.

Lage went with this system, inexplicably overlooking Toti Gomes, whose wait for minutes this season goes on.

Toti Gomes should be furious he didn’t play against West Ham yesterday

Lage has suggested previously that he doesn’t feel Toti and Yerson Mosquera are anywhere near the level of first-choice picks Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman.

But him picking Neves and Jonny to form part of a backline yesterday was an insult to Toti.

Perhaps you could understand Neves playing in a four with Kilman, since he did fairly well against Manchester City.

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But the fact it was a three/five at times means it was a system that Toti, 23, has played in for Wolves. The youngster impressed across his five appearances for Wanderers last season on the left of a back three.

Lage should have even just risked playing Toti in a four with Kilman, if anything to keep Neves in the position he is most effective in.

What is the point in having centre-halves in reserve if you aren’t going to trust them?

Both Toti and Mosquera are probably itching to prove themselves, and are just having to watch things unfold. This, after both had opportunities to leave on loan.