Wolves have now had four games under Julen Lopetegui, and Goncalo Guedes hasn’t featured very much at all so far under the new manager.
The 26-year-old has endured a pretty frustrating first few months at Molineux so far.
Guedes arrived at the club to a lot of fanfare.
He was a player the club had chased for some time, and he was finally snapped up in the summer from Valencia after Jorge Mendes had pulled some strings.
Guedes initially found himself in the starting XI quite regularly under Bruno Lage.
But he has been a fairly peripheral figure since his fellow Portuguese left the club.
His last start in the Premier League came against Chelsea back in October. He has substituted off at half-time in that game.
So far under Lopetegui, he got just over an hour against Gillingham in the Carabao Cup. And he played for around 17 minutes in the game against Everton.
He was an unused substitute against Manchester United, and again last night against Aston Villa.
These are slightly concerning times for Guedes, especially with Rayan Ait-Nouri looking really good at the moment.
The 21-year-old is usually a left-back or left wing-back. But recently he has been coming on to play high up the pitch as a left winger.
Lopetegui seemingly believes in his potential to be dangerous in the final third.
Guedes is the least used of all the wide forwards under Lopetegui so far (bar Chem Campbell who’s been injured). He clearly has plenty to do to see more minutes.
Goncalo Guedes has work to do to get back in favour at Wolves
Guedes may have been hoping for a fresh start in 2023, and to forget about his first few months at Wolves.
But it looks as though he’s got work to do.
Ait-Nouri is proving himself as a genuine candidate to play on that left side, which is a position Guedes does really like.
But now there is also Matheus Cunha. The Brazilian can play anywhere across the front line, and is further competition for Guedes.
Daniel Podence has found some goalscoring form this season and is Wolves’ best creator. And Hwang Hee-chan has started the last three Premier League games – clearly Lopetegui quite likes the South Korean.
So it’s a difficult time for Guedes.
And judging by the fact he was an unused substitute against Villa and United, he’s going to have to work extremely hard to prove himself to Lopetegui.