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Wolves attacker Goncalo Guedes scores on Benfica debut days after completing loan

Goncalo Guedes scored on his debut for Benfica, just days after completing a loan move to the club from Wolves.

The 26-year-old is seeking a strong second half of the season, after really struggling at Molineux after his move from Valencia last summer.

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Guedes scored just two goals for Wolves in 18 appearances.

Unfortunately, he just couldn’t settle, and his game time really diminished after Bruno Lage left the club.

Interim manager Steve Davis didn’t take to him.

And then Julen Lopetegui also preferred other players..

The Spaniard left Guedes out of his squad for the games against West Ham United and Liverpool, after taking him off at half-time against Nottingham Forest.

Speaking about Guedes in his press conference, Lopetegui said (Express & Star): “He wanted to go out.

“He is our player, but now he is on loan at Benfica. What happens in the future, I don’t know, I don’t have the crystal ball.

“He is a good player and a good guy but he doesn’t want to be here.”

Guedes only completed his move to Benfica, whom he left back in 2017 to join Paris Saint-Germain, on Friday.

And he has already set about trying to prove himself after his poor start with Wolves.

He was named on the bench for yesterday’s league game against Santa Clara, and he came on with around 25 minutes left to play.

Perhaps inevitably, Guedes got himself on the scoresheet. It only took him around 16 minutes to find the net, collecting the ball from the left side of the penalty area and unleashing a low drive.

It took a wicked deflection, which perhaps symbolised that a turnaround in his fortunes is coming.

Goncalo Guedes off the mark following goal for Benfica, Wolves need him to shine in Portugal

Following Lopetegui’s admission that the player did not want to be at Wolves, Guedes simply had to leave.

It has not worked out for one reason or another, which is a great shame considering Wolves wanted him for a long time.

It remains to be seen what will happen with him next summer.

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But Wolves just need him to rediscover the levels he was showing at Valencia.

He either comes back to Molineux with a completely new perspective and Wolves essentially get a ‘new signing’.

Or the club sell him. And his market value will now largely be determined by how well this spell with Benfica goes.