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Bruno Lage must rotate wingers to keep them happy

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Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage admittedly does not have the deepest of Premier League squads.

With just 24 senior players and a number of injuries, it is not like the manager is exactly spoilt for choice.

However, one area of the pitch that Lage has a plethora of options is on the wing.

On Saturday, Lage started with new signings Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao. It was Hwang’s two goals which led Wolves to victory.

That meant Daniel Podence and Adama Traore were both on the bench.

Throw in Pedro Neto, and Wolves have five high quality wingers in their arsenal.

Rotation is key for Bruno Lage

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Although having so many high-quality players for such an important position on the pitch is encouraging, keeping them all happy poses the Wolves boss with a challenge.

The younger options are Neto and Trincao, who are only 21 years old. The others are all 25 but they are at stages of their careers when they need guaranteed minutes.

Under the current system, that will be a challenge for Lage to guarantee. The 3-4-3 formation only permits two of these players to play either side of Raul Jimenez.

A natural solution may be for the manager to change system. By deploying a 4-4-2, like he did during his time at Benfica, it would allow Hwang to play as a striker with Jimenez alongside two wingers.

Nevertheless, even a tactical switch will still require the players to rotate in order for all of them to gain valuable minutes.

Could Wolves be forced to lose one winger?

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Another possibility is that Wolves would sacrifice one of their wingers to help balance out the squad.

It is no secret that Wolves were in the market for a centre-back and midfielder, especially after moves for Lille’s duo Sven Botman and Renato Sanches broke down.

If these targets are revisited in January, Wolves may be tempted to raise some cash for these deals by selling one of their wingers.

Daniel Podence may be the most obvious option, given he has had the least minutes out of those available this season.

Another option may be Adama Traore, if the current contract talks break down.

Either way, it appears a healthy problem for Bruno Lage to have, as long as he can keep his players happy.

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