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3 Wolves players that will surely improve after the arrival of Diego Costa

Saturday could be the day Diego Costa makes his highly anticipated debut for Wolves.

That is a sentence very few people would have imagined being written only a couple of months ago.

But the 33-year-old is a Wolves player, and has been working hard to build his fitness over the past couple of weeks.

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Wanderers have had a poor start to the new season, with goalscoring once again proving to be the Achilles heel.

Fans are desperately hoping that Costa can increase productivity in the final third.

With Sasa Kalajdzic out for the foreseeable future, and Raul Jimenez having had fitness problems since the start of 2022/23, Costa does stand to feature quite heavily.

It will be fascinating to see how he gets on, but which players stand to benefit playing alongside the veteran centre-forward?

Here’s three Wolves stars who might be relishing lining up alongside him…

Daniel Podence

Daniel Podence has been Wolves’ most creative player so far this season.

While he is yet to register an assist, he has created 12 chances so far, which equates to 2.61 per 90.

He has been doing his level best to make Wolves a bit more potent. But there just hasn’t been anyone on hand to covert the opportunities he has made.

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Ironically, it’s Podence who is Wolves’ top scorer so far with two goals.

So if Costa can just be in the mix when Podence is carving out those openings, then the Portuguese attacker will surely soon start to register some actual assists.

Potentially, £17 million star Podence will relish playing in and around someone like Costa who can hold the ball up.

Interestingly, the pair seemed to hit it off instantly in the video Wolves released of Costa’s first day at the club, so that relationship might bear fruit on the pitch.

Pedro Neto

Neto has had a really disappointing start to the new season and will be desperate to turn things around ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.

Things just haven’t come off for the 22-year-old and he does appear to be lacking confidence at the moment.

Costa is a big character and personality. There is potential for him to perhaps become an ‘older brother’ figure to Neto and take him under his wing in this tough moment.

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There have been times this season where Neto has actually got into good positions.

A recent statistic showed that Neto has actually had 37 touches in the opposition box.

Arguably he’s lacked support on occasion, so Costa being in there should benefit him.

Raul Jimenez

Jimenez, like Neto, has experienced a frustrating start to the new season.

The Mexico international has only made four appearances so far as a result of some fitness problems.

There have been reports over the international break that his injury might be worse than first feared. It is currently unclear when he might return to action for Wolves.

But he is another player who could benefit from Costa signing for Wolves.

Arguably, Jimenez has lacked proper competition at Wolves, pretty much since he signed for the club.

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Of course, his injury has had a major effect on him, and he isn’t the same player as before. But Jimenez has also lacked that top player breathing down his neck to push him.

Fabio Silva showed some signs of promise. But it was clear with him that he’s a few years away from being a top player yet.

Perhaps Costa arriving will be the catalyst for Jimenez to raise his game.