deserves to be Wolves' Player of the Month for January
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deserves to be Wolves' Player of the Month for January

January was an up and down month for Wolves, but the signs are there that Julen Lopetegui can guide the club away from danger.

Wanderers are currently sitting 17th in the table.

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But they are just two points above bottom club Southampton.

Things are extremely tight at the bottom, and there are some huge games coming up for Wolves.

But there have been encouraging signs, and the club have made some good additions in the transfer window.

In the Premier League in January, Wolves took four points out of a possible nine. They drew with Aston Villa, beat West Ham United and lost to Manchester City.

Wolves are also very unfortunate to go out of both the Carabao and FA Cups.

One man who made some big contributions for Wolves this month was Daniel Podence.

The 27-year-old’s goal against Villa was absolutely superb, and is actually up for Goal of the Month. His quick feet allowed him to get away from Douglas Luiz and find the far corner with his weak foot.

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Against the Hammers, he converted from the edge of the box with an excellent first-time finish. That goal allowed Wolves to take three massive points.

Podence was injured for the first FA Cup game against Liverpool. But he did play against the Reds at Molineux and was perhaps Wolves’ most dangerous attacker. And it was the same story when he came on against Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.

It is for these reasons that Podence probably deserves to be named Player of the Month for January.

Daniel Podence has been stepping up for Wolves and deserves Player of the Month award

Wolves have released their shortlist for January Player of the Month, and Podence is up against Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes and Nathan Collins.

It is perhaps the hardest one to call all season.

Neves is consistently superb for Wolves. Both Nunes and Collins have really had solid starts to the calendar year after underwhelming before the World Cup.

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Collins made an error in the first game against Liverpool. And he had a mixed outing against Manchester City. But those things aside, he has been really good for Wanderers.

But £17 million star Podence might just deserve it ahead of the others given he’s hugely responsible for Wolves picking up four big points in the Premier League.

He also did convert his penalty in the shootout against Forest, despite Wanderers ultimately losing.