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3 Wolves players that need more game time after the international break

Wolves have entered the international break having just lost their latest Premier League game to Leeds United.

Wanderers were 2-0 up at Molineux, but a poor refereeing decision to send off Raul Jimenez, and some very sloppy defending, saw Bruno Lage’s side capitulate.

Lage will no doubt be watching re-runs of that game in the coming days. He’ll be looking at how the points were thrown away, and mulling over ideas for the next game against Aston Villa.

Compared to the start of the season, Lage is starting to use a lot more players now.

But some players arguably need more minutes than they are currently getting at Molineux.

Here are three stars who should be playing more once club football resumes.

Willy Boly

Boly started his first Premier League game of the season against Watford and was absolutely solid.

He was then replaced by Max Kilman for the Everton game, but did start that 3-2 defeat to Leeds.

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The 11-cap Ivory Coast international did not cover himself in any glory with his second-half display against the Whites, but a case can still be made that Boly – whom Ruben Neves recently called ‘a great player’ – needs to get more minutes after the international break.

That’s because Romain Saiss is now not performing at the same high level he was before he went to AFCON with Morocco.

It would be very interesting to see how a Kilman-Coady-Boly trio would do.

Luke Cundle

Ruben Neves has just pulled out of the Portugal squad, after picking up a knee injury in the defeat to Leeds.

Hopefully it is something that isn’t going to sideline him for weeks on end.

The club are yet to provide an update on him, and supporters are seriously hopeful of good news.

If he is going to be out for a little while, it would be good to see young Luke Cundle come in as his replacement.

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Leander Dendoncker is obviously the natural choice to play alongside Joao Moutinho.

But sometimes Lage goes with three in the middle. And Cundle did well in that system against Tottenham Hotspur in February.

It would be nice to see him getting a few games under his belt, even if Neves’ injury doesn’t rule him out for week.


The young winger signed in January from Estoril looks a really good prospect.

He’s made a few cameo appearances for the first-team, and has also been turning out for the U23s.

One thing that seems pretty consistent with him is that he is direct and positive.

And he’s fast. Not quite Adama Traore fast, but he’s leaving plenty of full-backs trailing in his wake.

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Daniel Podence has been playing well in 2022 and is probably top of the wingers’ pecking order right now.

Then you’ve got Hwang Hee-chan, Pedro Neto, Francisco Trincao and Chiquinho all there.

Hwang can be a little hit and miss, and Neto is obviously still working his way back to his best level. Trincao has largely underwhelmed but had his best game against Leeds.

It would be fantastic to see Chiquinho playing a little more over the others.