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Goncalo Guedes needs to step up for Wolves after the international break

Goncalo Guedes arrived as Wolves’ second new signing of the 2022 summer window – and it has been a quiet start for the forward at Molineux so far.

The 25-year-old finally joined from Valencia for a reported £27.5 million, having long been linked with a move to the club.

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The signing of Guedes was welcomed by many.

He’d just enjoyed a really solid season, scoring 14 goals across all competitions for a Valencia side that struggled as a collective.

It was felt that he would really increase the productivity for Wolves in the final third.

But his start has been a bit understated so far.

Obviously he is still getting used to English football and playing with new players.

He’s made seven appearances for Wanderers so far and is yet to open his account. He did get one assist against Southampton when he teed up Ruben Neves.

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There have been some glimpses of the explosiveness he showed regularly in Spain.

But so far, Guedes has been little lackluster, snatching at chances and sometimes running down cul-de-sacs.

Arguably, all of Wolves’ attacking players bar Daniel Podence have been disappointing thus far. But more was expected of Guedes given Wolves’ lengthy pursuit of him and the fee that was eventually paid.

Goncalo Guedes must step up after the international break for Wolves

He’s had some time now to get a feel for the Premier League.

Now, Guedes must start having a greater impact on games. Especially since Raul Jimenez is struggling at the moment, and there are question marks over how effective Diego Costa will be.

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He is supposedly this deadly shooter and direct ball carrier, meaning he can be a real threat. But according to fbref data, he has only hit the target with three of his 10 shots so far. And he has only been successful with three of his seven attempted dribbles for a rate of 42.9%.

We need to be seeing these attributes executed successfully more in the coming games.

Perhaps once he gets that first goal, we will see a change for the better in Guedes.