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Daniel Podence is Wolves' key man right now and should be starting every game

Wolves finally got their first Premier League win of the season last weekend against Southampton – and Daniel Podence once again came in clutch.

The 26-year-old scored the game’s only goal, tucking in past Gavin Bazunu at the back post after a great cross from Matheus Nunes.

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It was a bit of a scuffy finish and some have suggested he was trying to square it to Sasa Kalajdzic.

But he was there to score, and that was his second of the season after he also bagged in the first game against Leeds United.

So he’s scored 66% of Wolves’ goals in the league so far, and he is also Bruno Lage’s brightest spark from a creativity standpoint.

Of all players not at ‘Big Six’ clubs, Podence currently has the highest ‘chances created per 90’ statistic with 2.88 (via The Other 14).

He has created 11 chances so far in 344 minutes of time on the pitch (not including set pieces).

That puts him just ahead of Youri Tielemans, Said Benrahma and Jack Harrison.

Podence has so far started four of Wolves’ six Premier League games.

The games he didn’t start against Newcastle United and Bournemouth, it was noticeable that Wolves were lacking ingenuity.

The performance against the Cherries was especially poor. But Wolves looked more likely to score once Podence came on for the final 20 minutes or so. He himself was unlucky not to score when he saw a header cleared off the line.

It is surprising to think that Podence’s place in the starting XI is not assured at the moment when it really should be.

Daniel Podence needs to be starting every game for Wolves

Lage has got to be starting Podence every game for Wolves, fitness permitting.

Wolves still have a goalscoring issue, but Podence often feels like a potential solution. When he isn’t on the pitch, the potential for chances to be created decreases.

The £17 million star is a player that can undoubtedly be frustrating.

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At times, Podence can overplay, and sometimes there can be frustrating theatrics.

But he is undeniably one of the most naturally gifted footballers Wolves have.

He’s had a cracking start to the new season and he ought to be one of the very first names on the teamsheet.

There is a strong desire from Lage to play with three central midfielders at the moment. The manager loves Joao Moutinho, but there is a case for Podence to be playing as a number 10, with Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes in behind him.