Wolves lost 3-0 to Chelsea yesterday – and it was an awful outing for winger Goncalo Guedes.
The 25-year-old was making his eighth Premier League appearance of the season, and searching for his first goal in Wolves colours.
He was perhaps a little fortunate to be starting. The injury to Pedro Neto might have helped his cause at Stamford Bridge, because he has flattered to deceive a little in recent weeks.
That can perhaps be put down to getting familiar with a new league and finding his feet.
But against Chelsea he was really poor.
The former Valencia man was a relative passenger, and carried no threat at all down the left side.
Partway through the first-half he swapped positions with Daniel Podence, but still didn’t get any joy.
The Birmingham Mail were thoroughly unimpressed with his display. Giving him a 3/10, the lowest for any Wolves player, they said: “Guedes was a passenger in the first half and was rightly hooked by Davis and Collins at half-time.
“He started on the left but had to be moved because he offered no opposition to the marauding Azpiliceuta.”
Express & Star journalist Nathan Judah said that it was ‘one of the poorest displays I can remember for very long time’.
There was plenty of hype when Wolves signed Guedes back on August 8 for £27.5 million.
He was a player Wolves had chased for a while and there was real excitement when the club finally landed him.
But so far, he has really not lived up to the hype.
And the new man that comes in, be it Julen Lopetegui or someone else, must light a fire beneath him.
Goncalo Guedes needs to step up for Wolves, it hasn’t been good enough
Guedes was Valencia’s best player last season, and carried a big threat in most of their games.
He is a fantastic ball-carrier and possesses a really powerful shot.
But we are not seeing the 25-year-old showcase these attributes, and it is so frustrating.
Wolves spent a lot of money on him and the contributions so far have been poor and minimal.
He is lucky that Neto will not be available for selection for a while, and that Hwang Hee-chan is also not in a great form at the moment.
So it’s likely he’ll continue to start for the time being.
But any more showings like against Chelsea, and the new manager will be looking for ways to remove him from the starting XI. Perhaps Daniel Podence and Adama Traore would provide the width and there would be a three-man midfield.