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Boubacar Traore should get first Wolves start against Crystal Palace

Wolves got a huge three points on Saturday against Nottingham Forest with a 1-0 win at Molineux.

Steve Davis and James Collins oversaw a victory to relieve some pressure following a difficult past few weeks.

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It was by no means a great performance from Wolves. There is a lot of work to be done to improve.

But Wanderers were just about worth the win, having dominated the ball and created more chances.

In the end, a Ruben Neves penalty was the difference between the two wides.

And Jose Sa saved a spot-kick from Brennan Johnson, which was probably one of the biggest moments in Wolves’ season so far.

The win will hopefully breathe new confidence into the dressing room ahead of the next game with Crystal Palace.

And on the subject of the next game, Davis and Collins should strongly consider making a change in midfield against the Eagles.

Joao Moutinho has now started the last eight Premier League games for Wolves.

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He also got 90 minutes against Preston North End in the Carabao Cup, and it feels as though the Palace game should be his chance to rest.

And into the team should come Boubacar Traore, who again looked good in his latest cameo appearance against Forest.

Traore, signed by Wolves from FC Metz on loan on transfer deadline day, has shown himself to be a dynamic midfielder who can carry the ball and also break up play well.

The Palace game is on Tuesday, and it feels like a good opportunity to get Moutinho rested up and get some minutes into Traore’s legs.

Crystal Palace is the perfect fixture for Wolves midfielder Boubacar Traore

Palace are a physical side and Traore feels like a better option than Moutinho anyway, regardless of the Portuguese needing to be rotated.

The youngster has shown his ability to be combative and tenacious, and that will be needed against Patrick Vieira’s side.

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Moutinho is 36 and starting him in a ninth league game in a row, when the last match was just days before, feels like it would be a mistake.

Traore deserves a chance to show what he can do from the beginning, and it is surely time to unleash him.