Wolves are currently in a bad way.
After appearing to get things back on track at the end of March and leading into April, Wanderers have now lost three games in a row in the Premier League – and by the same 1-0 scoreline. The latest performance against Brighton was arguably the worst all season.
Wolves have been here before.
The club opened the season with three straight 1-0 defeats.
But back then, Wolves actually played some fantastic football and were extremely unlucky not to score of take any points.
Currently, Wolves are now not playing good football and not picking up points.
So Bruno Lage has much to ponder ahead of the final four games of 2021/22.
With European football perhaps now beyond the club, here are three things he needs to do to help Wolves finish the campaign with a bit of pride.
Drop Saiss, play Gomes
Romain Saiss’ form in recent weeks has been poor.
The Morocco international was imperious before leaving for AFCON in January, but since coming back he never reached those heights again.
And in the last three defeats, he has not looked at all comfortable.
Lage has shown big faith in him this term, but surely it is time to call on Toti Gomes, who so brilliantly covered for the 32-year-old while he was in Cameroon.
Gomes impressed in the three games he got, and ought to get another chance now with the defence having been struggling.
Drop Hwang, play… anyone
Hwang Hee-chan may currently be the Wolves player in the worst form right now.
It was a genuine shock to see him starting against Brighton given his lack of impact against Burnley and Newcastle.
The South Korean was absolutely fantastic in his first few months at the club.
It is really perplexing to see him now struggling so much.
And yet, the 25-year-old has continued to get ample opportunity to play.
Hwang staying in the team despite poor performances is perhaps not sending out the right message. Lage surely needs to consider other options, like Chiquinho perhaps, and it could actually do Hwang good just to be on the bench and recalibrate.
We know what he’s capable of. But just right now, it seems he might just need a stint as a substitute.
Start being more proactive, and less reactive
It is a tough run-in for Wolves.
Wolves’ remaining games are Chelsea away, Manchester City at home, Norwich City at home and Liverpool away.
There is a very good chance Wolves will concede goals and have to chase games.
One of the big criticisms of Lage has been that he tends to make his in-game changes quite late.
A lot of supporters would like to see him switch things up a bit earlier, especially when there is no real threat from Wanderers.
Quite often, Lage has seemingly waited in hope that his initial selections will pay off. And by the time he does make changes it’s too late.