Wolverhampton Wanderers are poised to announce Bruno Lage as their next manager.

Following the grant of his work permit last week, it’s thought the move is now a formality, with just a few minor things left to sort out.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Vyacheslav Madiyevskyy/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

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As he’s been the frontrunner for a while now, many Wolves fans have had the chance to research the 45-year-old and what he has achieved in the game so far.

Lage had a great stint at Benfica after replacing Rui Vitoria in January 2019, and delivered a league title that season after instilling an attacking brand of football.

During his time as Benfica’s head coach, Lage was praised for developing players, especially Joao Felix, who plundered 17 goals and 10 assists after he took the reins on January 3.

Tuga Scout state that: “Lage really instigated Joao Felix’s senior career, giving him the license to have a bit of a free role to find pockets of space and displace the opposition backline, roaming in the gap between the target man and midfield.

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“He was critical in Lage’s system, and it takes a special player to serve that role with such success.”

Lage’s handling of Felix ultimately helped Benfica command an absolutely huge transfer fee for the player, reported to be worth £113 million (Guardian).

 

One wonders then, if there is a player at Wolves who Lage could perhaps have a similar impact on.

Pedro Neto could flourish under Lage

Pedro Neto has superstar potential, and enjoyed a breakout season in 2020/21.

The football from the team as a collective was not great, but if Lage brings that attacking style, then Neto is someone that could absolutely flourish.

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Pedro Neto (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Neto and Felix are not dissimilar in terms of style and the positions they can play, and there’s every chance Lage will look at the former and see potential to work his magic.

Neto, who will unfortunately miss the start of 2021/22 due to his knee injury, is versatile and gets into those pockets of space.

It’s not out the question Neto, once back fit, could enjoy a Felix-style rise, and ultimately make Wolves an absolute killing.

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