The international break has now commenced, but the work does not stop for club managers.

Wolves boss Bruno Lage oversaw a defeat to Crystal Palace before this latest break in the season, and that will have left a sour taste.

Prior to that, Wolves had been a great form.

Lage will now be hoping to get back to winning ways against West Ham United, and here are a few things that may be on his ‘to-do’ list in the coming days.

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Look at fringe players

A good chunk of the squad are now away with their countries, so it is a chance for Lage to perhaps get a closer look at some of the players who aren’t regular starters just at the moment.

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Daniel Podence (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

The likes of Adama Traore and Daniel Podence will be around at Compton Park though.

Fernando Marcal could also return to training after his recent calf injury.

Analyse previous defeats

There is a good chance that Lage will be spending a fair bit of time doing this.

Wolves have had some very good moments this season, but also some pretty bad ones too.


The defeats to Brentford and Crystal Palace have probably been the lowest points during his tenure so far.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

In those games, Wolves sat back and invited pressure and really lacked an attacking threat.

Perhaps counter-attacking was the intention, but for one reason or another, Wolves were just really poor.

And things weren’t too great against Aston Villa and Leeds United, despite positive results. The manager will be hoping to avoid such performances in the future.

Check in with loan players

While Lage’s focus is obviously the first-team, it could be good for him to check in with the Wolves players that are currently out on loan.

Perhaps he can access footage of their performances and then phone them about their progress.

Renat Dadashov, on loan at Tondela (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP)

Doing something personal like that would surely provide them with a boost.

Interestingly, it was been reported today that Dion Sanderson, Austin Samuels, Connor Ronan and Giles have all temporarily returned to Compton Park to work alongside a reduced first-team squad.

It will be good for Lage to see the quartet up close.

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