A new era is underway at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bruno Lage is the new manager at Molineux, replacing Nuno Espirito Santo last month.

The hard work has now started, and the 45-year-old is tasked with getting the club back on track after a tough 2020/21.

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One thing that might be quite different with Lage in charge, is the rate at which young players are given first-team chances.

He is known for developing young talent and Scott Sellars said the other day that Lage’s background is in academy football.

With that in mind, here are a few youngsters supporters should look out for making a breakthrough.

Taylor Perry

Perry recently put pen to paper on a new two-year contract at Molineux (with the option of a further year), indicating how highly Wolves rate him.

Perry has actually made three senior appearances for Wolves already, but perhaps 2021/22 could be the season he properly breaks through.

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He’s a goalscoring midfielder, as he showed for the U23s last term before picking up an injury.

Wolves lacked goals there last season, so maybe Lage will see him as someone with something to offer.

U23s boss James Collins said earlier this year that his style is comparable to that of Frank Lampard, which is definitely exciting.

 

Christian Marques

Swiss-born central defender Marques certainly has the potential to be breaking through to the first-team this season.

He did actually make the bench under Nuno a few times last term.

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But he is still awaiting his debut, and maybe it will come under Lage.

If Dion Sanderson goes out on loan or is sold, it would be fantastic to see Marques – who idolises Sergio Ramos – get some chances.

He is someone capable of playing out from the back, which will likely appeal to Lage and his possession-based brand of football.

Theo Corbeanu

Nuno eventually handed him his Premier League debut towards the end of last season.

Corbeanu’s progress within the academy has been fairly rapid, and the 19-year-old is now a full Canada international.

Fans often called for him to be given a chance last term while Adama Traore and Daniel Podence were going through some poor spells.

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He might be the most talented young player at the club.

Francisco Trincao coming in does increase the competition for him, but Lage could well turn to Corbeanu more than his predecessor.

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