Wolves are in a difficult moment all of a sudden.
Having started 2022 tremendously with some big results against the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, the team is now struggling.
The defence has looked more vulnerable recently, and the goals have now really dried up when it looked in January as though Wolves might finally be finding their cutting edge.
Saturday’s performance against Crystal Palace was awful.
On social media, fans have been talking about who they’d like to see in the starting XI against Watford on Thursday.
There really ought to be a few changes, and here are three players Lage could turn to in order to shake things up a bit.
Toti Gomes was largely brilliant when he came into the starting XI to replace Romain Saiss when he went to the Africa Cup of Nations.
He was especially good against Southampton and Brentford, and he might be someone who could help Wolves become solid again.
Saiss and Max Kilman have been really poor in the last couple of games.
They have both been fantastic on the whole this season, especially Kilman. But neither could really have any complaints if they didn’t start against Watford.
Gomes will be hungry to prove himself again. Hopefully, he isn’t one of the young players at the club Lage suggested had not been working as he’d have liked.
There is also, of course, Willy Boly. But Lage may turn to the youngster who has played far more football in 2021/22.
£3 million January signing Chiquinho looks a real livewire.
When he came on against Palace, Wolves looked a bit more of a threat in the final third.
He hasn’t started yet for the first-team. But perhaps Lage may feel he could do some damage against a struggling Watford side.
He looks to be some who is powerful and direct. Wolves allowed Adama Traore to leave for Barcelona in January, and Chiquinho’s game is not so dissimilar to that of the Spaniard’s. He could bring a bit of pace and unpredictability to the table.
Wolves have failed to score in their last two outings, so surely something has got to give up top.
He was really impressive when he came in to replace Joao Moutinho for his first Premier League start against Tottenham last month.
Lage obviously loves Moutinho, but it’s important the manager doesn’t rely to heavily on the star.
He is 35 now and although he is obviously very fit still, he needs to be rotated.
Leander Dendoncker continues to be hit-and-miss, so Cundle deserves another chance to stake a claim.
He will be itching to build on that display against Spurs. And so Lage should definitely consider turning to the academy graduate on Thursday.