Wolves have made a decent start to the new season under Bruno Lage.

Heading into the latest international break in eighth place is decent going, considering the rocky start the club had.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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Things have certainly picked up in terms of results in recent weeks.

There has been plenty to like, but there have also been some negatives too.

In the interest of balance, here are some of the more concerning things so far about Wolves under Lage:

Sometimes not bold enough

Wolves have, at times played some really good, attacking football.

That is something all the fans are yearning to see, following the pragmatic style of play overseen by Nuno Espirito Santo.

Wolves have recently been slipping back into their old style.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

There was no real attacking intent against Crystal Palace last weekend, and the team also invited pressure against Leeds United and Aston Villa.

Ironically, Wolves playing a bit more conservatively has brought some positive results.

But there has been an element of luck about some of the results. Hopefully, we see Wolves fighting on the front foot more often going forwards.

Late substitutions

Lage has often been vindicated this season when it has come to team selection.

 

But sometimes it feels as though the substitutions he makes come much later than they should.

For instance, last weekend’s game with Palace was crying out for Adama Traore. It was clear that Wolves were looking to hit the Eagles on the counter. But Lage didn’t put the Spaniard on until 68 minutes.

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Traore replaces Podence (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Against Leeds, he didn’t put Neves on until injury-time, when Wolves probably needed to establish some control.

It is rare that Lage will make a change before the hour mark, and it feels as though he is perhaps a little too trusting of the players he has selected from the start at times.

It is definitely a concern how late he reacts sometimes.

Wolves have lacked a cutting edge

So far, Wolves have scored 11 goals in the Premier League, in 11 matches.

Quite possibly, Wolves could have had double that tally.

A number of players have been missing their shooting boots so far this season.

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Nelson Semedo (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Raul Jimenez started off rusty which was probably always going to be the case.

But Francisco Trincao has had a number of great chances to open his account in the league. As have Traore and Nelson Semedo.

Had these individuals shown greater composure, there’s a chance Wolves would be in and around the top four now, with a much healthier goal difference.

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