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Wolves could end up having huge regrets over Enzo Fernandez

Wolves crashed to defeat in their first Premier League game of 2022/23 against Leeds United.

Bruno Lage’s side lost 2-1 at Elland Road in the absence of Raul Jimenez.

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Daniel Podence gave the visitors an early lead. But Rodrigo equalised after poor play from Rayan Ait-Nouri, and the Frenchman then scored an own goal in the second-half to compound a bad day at the office for the youngster.

Wolves fans were shocked to see the matchday squad Lage named for the contest.

There were just two senior options on the bench in Conor Coady and Willy Boly.

Joao Moutinho picked up an injury ahead of the game, meaning Wolves had just two experienced midfield options in Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker.

The club have been linked with a host of names this summer.

And one name is already threatening to looking like a major regret for Wolves.

Enzo Fernandez was making his league debut for Benfica against Arouca, after scoring a stunning goal for the club against FC Midtjylland on Tuesday.

Fernandez was a player Wolves wanted to sign. And it was even claimed chief scout Mathew Hobbs was sent to Argentina to try and tie up a deal.

A move did not come to fruition, and he signed for Benfica weeks later for around £15 million all in (Mais Futebol).

Fernandez, 21, wowed against Arouca.

He ran the show, completing 114/132 (86%) passes. 132 attempted passes was by far and away the most of any player in the match (Sofascore).

He also had 141 touches, again by far the most of anyone.

He was on target again, scoring with another brilliant volley from the edge of the box.

PortuGOAL.net described him as ‘excellent’ and that ‘he is the sort of midfielder whose dynamism and intelligence allows him to run a game’.

Enzo Fernandez could have Wolves looking very foolish as star scores another volley against Arouca

The Fernandez links had Wolves fans very excited at the time.

It was then massively disappointing that Wanderers seemingly didn’t push to bring a deal to fruition, allowing Benfica to swoop.

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Fernandez has been with the Portuguese giants for all of five minutes and he’s already looking like a superb signing for them.

It is frustrating to see, given Wolves had just two senior midfield options yesterday.

Quite possibly, Fernandez could turn out to be an absolutely colossal regret for Wanderers.