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Chiquinho may have sent a message to Bruno Lage with latest outing for Wolves U23s

Wolves face Crystal Palace this weekend, and fans are hoping to see a much improved performance – especially in the final third.

Chances were created in the defeat to West Ham United.

But only one shot hit the target, meaning the overall quality of opportunities was poor.

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Wolves just lacked a spark at the London Stadium.

Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao were both really poor. And Fabio Silva struggled to have a real impact despite his best efforts.

Wolves failed to score in a Premier League for a 12th time, which is just not good enough if Wolves have genuine top four hopes.

Lage has simply got to find a way to get the team firing.

One man who might well have sent a message to the first-team manager this week is January signing Chiquinho.

The 22-year-old was in action on Monday night for the U23s, and put in a really encouraging display in the 4-3 win over Reading.

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The £3 million winger (The Athletic) was a real handful operating from the right-hand side.

He played a part in Chem Campbell’s opener, spinning away from a Reading defender in his own half to get Wanderers on the attack.

Chiquinho then put in the cross for Campbell to score his second of the game.

Towards the end of the game, the star channelled his inner Adama Traore when he collected the ball in his own half from a Reading throw-in.

He surged forwards at pace, and was eventually bundled over in the box. The challenge should arguably have warranted a penalty for Wolves.

It was a display full of vibrancy, and a great response to being overlooked for the first-team in recent weeks.

Chiquinho may have given Lage food for thought ahead of Wolves’ clash with Crystal Palace

Chiquinho has not made any of Wolves’ last three matchday squads.

That has coincided with Pedro Neto’s return to fitness, and it is unfortunate for Chiquinho.

But his performance against Reading was impressive. He showed real confidence to get on the ball and make things happen.

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Right now, the Wolves first-team needs players that can be a bit more direct. Daniel Podence has been doing it, but others need to show it too.

It’s difficult to see how Chiquinho might make a bench with Neto now fit.

But Lage has surely got to consider getting him back in the matchday squad somehow, after overlooking him the past few times.