Tomorrow afternoon it will be Celta Vigo who face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the side’s final pre-season encounter.

After this, Wolves will commence their Premier League campaign away to Leicester City the following weekend.

Bearing that in mind, there still remains question marks over which formation and personnel Bruno Lage will use.

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Therefore tomorrow’s friendly will offer a final opportunity to some of Wolves’ fringe players to make their case to new head coach Bruno Lage.

Below are three players who will be desperate to impress the boss.

Which Wolves players need to shine

Leander Dendoncker

Coventry City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Pre-Season Friendly
COVENTRY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Leander Dendoncker of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Similar to his club, Dendoncker endured by far his worst season for Wolves last time out since arriving in 2018.

The Belgian’s energy levels seemed to drop-off and he was far less effective in midfield, scoring three less goals and completing fewer tackles and interceptions than the season before.

Following his spell with Belgium at Euro 2020, fans will hope that Dendoncker returns re-energised. With Lage seeming to prefer a midfield two, he will have to markedly improve to displace Joao Moutinho or Ruben Neves.

One saving grace for the ex-Anderlecht man is his versatility. Thanks to Wolves suffering an injury-crisis in defence, he may be summoned to play at centre-back.

 

Patrick Cutrone

Wolverhampton Wanderers Pre-Season Training Session
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 19: Patrick Cutrone of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Day-by-day it has been looking increasingly likely that Cutrone might feature for Wolves at the start of this season.

Although his future remains up in the air, he has impressed in pre-season so far, scoring the winner against Real Betis.

Lage has showed both in his short time at Wolves and during his previous tenure at Benfica that he likes to play with two traditional strikers. Provided Rafa Mir is still on Spain duty at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Cutrone’s services may be called upon.

Even if the ex-Milan striker is to depart Molineux, he will be looking to make his mark to lure more attractive suitors.

Jose Sa

Wolverhampton Wanderers Pre-Season Training Camp
SAN PEDRO DE ALCANTARA, SPAIN – JULY 22: Jose Sa of Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Although Sa is a new signing, his start at Wolves has not been ideal. The goalkeeper did not cover himself in glory in friendlies against Las Palmas or Stoke City.

Despite being signed as the club’s number one, literally after being given the shirt, Lage has stressed that he wants competition in every area of the pitch and that will include in goal.

Other goalkeeper John Ruddy surprisingly signed a new deal in June. It is possible he was assured that this might be on the basis that he can get first-team chances.

Sa will have to demonstrate against the high-calibre opposition in Celta Vigo that he is ready for Premier League football.

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