If there is one thing that has been quite apparent about Bruno Lage so far, it’s that he is a loyal individual.

The Wolves manager has not really used every inch of his squad so far this season.

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

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That will likely change when fixtures come thick and fast over Christmas.

Here are three Wolves players that should probably get more minutes, once club football resumes after the international break:

Willy Boly

So far, Lage has named the same back three for every single Premier League game.

Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Max Kilman have generally defended quite well as a unit. The latter has certainly been the outstanding player.

But it might be time for Lage to consider changing things up.

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Willy Boly (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

In recent weeks Wolves have been conceding quite a lot of chances, and it’s actually only two clean sheets for the team all season.

The Ivory Coast international surely has to come in at some point, before he heads off for AFCON in January.

Surprisingly, the £67,000-a-week star is actually the only outfield (senior) player who hasn’t played a single minute in the league for Wolves so far. Not counting the injured Jonny Castro Otto and Pedro Neto, of course.

 

Ki-Jana Hoever

Hoever has made just five appearances so far this term, only one of which has been a Premier League start.

The Dutchman has been on the periphery at Molineux pretty much since he signed thanks to Nelson Semedo.

Semedo has enjoyed a pretty good start to 2021/22.

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Ki-Jana Hoever (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

But he has also been slightly wasteful at times.

It might soon be time for Lage to make a change at right wing-back, if anything to give Semedo a rest. He’s also now on international duty with Portugal, so he could soon start feeling fatigued.

Daniel Podence

Podence is the Wolves winger Lage has used the least so far this season.

He didn’t have a pre-season because he was still recovering from a groin injury, but he has been available since the end of August.

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Daniel Podence (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Hwang Hee-chan, Francisco Trincao and Adama Traore have all had good opportunities to shine.

But Podence not so much, but he could have a real impact in the coming weeks as the fixture list really starts to stretch Wolves’ squad.

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