It has been a mixed bag so far at Wolves for Francisco Trincao – and a potential position change could help the youngster at Molineux.

The Portuguese youngster was something of a surprise arrival this summer, as he joined on loan from Barcelona.

Trincao was considered to be one of football’s hottest prospects when he signed for Barca in 2020.

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He would find minutes hard to come by at the Nou Camp though, as lots of other young players would competing with the likes of Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele.

So the Catalan giants agreed to send Trincao to the Black Country, much to the shock of many a Wolves fan on the morning of July 4.

Up to now, Trincao has shown glimpses of his talent.

He grabbed his first goal in the 4-0 drubbing of Nottingham Forest back in August.

And he really caught the eye in the game against Manchester United.

On Monday night against Everton, he started ahead of Adama Traore.

He had a decent game and again showed real glimpses of that brilliant technical quality he has.

Francisco Trincao warming up before Celta Vigo pre-season friendly
Francisco Trincao (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

He just lacked that conviction in his decision-making at times, and also that cutting edge in front of goal.


It was interesting to see the positions he was taking up against the Toffees.

In the first-half especially, he was moving centrally and into the spaces between the Everton midfield and defence – and he looked dangerous.

With that said, could Bruno Lage consider moving the 21-year-old inside going forwards?

Trincao position change to a number 10?

Trincao looked really comfortable coming in off that right-wing.

He has the technical quality to protect the ball, and the deft touch to move it on quickly.

Trincao is not blessed with amazing pace. So far we haven’t really seen him blitzing past people.

Francisco Trincao in possession against Newcastle United
Francisco Trincao (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Perhaps he would be better utilised in the hole behind a pairing of Raul Jimenez and Hwang Hee-chan and in front of Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho. The width could then come from the likes of Rayan Ait-Nouri and Nelson Semedo.

Playing centrally would give him a bit more freedom. Right now, he very much enjoys cutting in from the right on that left foot of his.

Maybe it is worth an experiment on the training ground to see if he is capable.

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