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4 Wolves players who will need to step up for the new manager

Nuno Espirito Santo has left Wolverhampton Wanderers after four years.

The 47-year-old oversaw his final game against Manchester United yesterday, and the search is on for a new man to take the club forwards.

2020/21 was a struggle of a season for a variety of reasons.

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Unfortunately, a number of players were off the pace.

Some arguably have work to do to restore their reputations a little.

Here are four Wolves players who could do with stepping up for the new manager when he comes in:

Leander Dendoncker

Dendoncker can be a brilliantly effective player, but 2020/21 was fairly sub-par for him.

The Belgium international has the capacity to dominate, but can also switch off.

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The 26-year-old is definitely one player who needs to up his game for the new manager when he comes in.

He should be a regular starter given his ability on paper, and it’s up to him to make a big impression early doors.

Joao Moutinho

Moutinho was a real favourite of Nuno’s throughout 2020/21.

The veteran started 28 games in the Premier League.

He enjoyed a few fine performances, but there were also a lot of games where he looked a bit off the pace and not as crisp with his passing.

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The midfielder is obviously ageing and the intensity of the Premier League can be quite unforgiving.

But Moutinho still has great technical quality, and will have a part to play in 21/22 – but he’ll have work to do to convince the new manager he can still be a regular starter.

Nelson Semedo

He finished the season by scoring his first goal for the club against Manchester United.

It was an indifferent first campaign at Molineux from Semedo.

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He struggled in the first-half and improved in the second.

The 27-year-old was a man Nuno really vouched for following the sale of Matt Doherty, and fans will expect more from him in his second term now that he’s got a year of Premier League football under his belt.

Daniel Podence

Podence is probably the Wolves attacker who still has something to prove.

On his day he is a great talent, but those days haven’t really come often enough so far during his time in the Black Country.

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He’s had his fitness issues which have made things difficult, but many fans feel there should be a lot more to come from Podence.

The currently injured £17 million star (BBC Sport) is someone that really needs to come out of the traps quickly for the new head coach – or risk becoming a mere impact sub.