Nuno Espirito Santo has proven multiple times he can take players’ games to the next level.

The likes of Willy Boly, Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez have all been shaped into wonderful players at Molineux.

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Then of course there is Adama Traore, whose development under Nuno has probably been the most noticeable.

The Spaniard’s final ball is dramatically better these days, and the manager’s effect on the star has been plainly obvious.

Nuno is simply brilliant at tapping into his players and getting them to improve, and one man who should perhaps be receiving some additional support in 2020/21 is Daniel Podence.

Signed in January from Olympiakos for a reported £16.6 million (BBC Sport), it’s been a steady start to life at Molineux so far for the diminutive winger.

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He made nine Premier League appearances and four in the Europa League, and he certainly made an impression.

 

Simply put, Podence’s abilities are clear and with the right backing on the training pitch and in games from Nuno, the player could well enjoy a Traore-style rise.

Nuno has to light fire beneath Podence

Nuno has another potentially amazing talent on his hands in Podence.

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Like Traore, the 24-year-old is physically very impressive. He is obviously nowhere near as big or bulky as the Spaniard, but he is very strong in possession of the ball and has that crucial low centre of gravity.

Between the combination of his acceleration and dribbling, he really does have the potential to be an utter nightmare for full-backs.

We’ve already seen it in glimpses – the penalty he won during the 3-0 victory over Everton springs to mind.

If Nuno devotes the same time to Podence that he clearly did with Traore, then the player will have all the tools to help fire Wolves right back into Europe.

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