Wolves take on Brighton on Saturday and it is simply a must-win game – and it could be an ideal opportunity for Bruno Lage to unleash Chiquinho for his first start.
If Wanderers are to stand any chance of securing European football, there can be no more slip ups.
With games to come against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, getting three points this week is paramount.
Wolves go into the game with the Seagulls having really stuttered lately.
It’s two straight 1-0 defeats for the club, and six defeats in the last nine Premier League games.
The losses to Newcastle United and Burnley were really disappointing in that, Wolves just lacked inventiveness and ingenuity.
Perhaps Lage needs to really freshen things up against Graham Potter’s side. And it would be fantastic to see young Chiquinho given his first proper chance.
The 22-year-old signed for the club in January from Estoril and has so far been limited to cameo appearances.
But each time he’s come on, he has looked a real livewire. He has also really impressed with the U23s.
Wolves have left a lot to be desired in the final third recently, so maybe it is finally time for Chiquinho to start his first Premier League game.
Hwang Hee-chan is not in good form at all right now. Francisco Trincao has also been struggling. And Pedro Neto is still building his fitness.
So it feels like potentially a good time for Chiquinho to come in and make his mark.
Chiquinho deserves a chance to impress, as Wolves seek victory over Brighton
Lage said earlier this month that Chiquinho ‘goes with everything’ in games, despite not featuring for very long on the pitch.
He also said that other players should look to follow his lead.
He is clearly quite taken by the youngster. And it would be great if the manager finally put his faith in him from the start.
Things have just become a little stale at the moment, and there needs to be an injection of unpredictability.
Wolves no longer have Adama Traore to call on, but Chiquinho might just be an exciting wildcard to face Brighton.