The ball is now rolling for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Following a shaky start, the team are now up to 10th in the Premier League table and have amassed 12 points.

Excitingly, the recent upturn in form means Wolves are actually now only three points off fourth-placed Brighton.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

There was a degree of fortune about the way Wolves were able to mount a comeback against Aston Villa last weekend.

But they say luck evens itself out over the course of the season, and Wolves definitely deserved a bit of that after the first few defeats.

Things are looking fairly good right now, and here are a few reasons for fans to be optimistic about a good first season under Lage:

Decent imminent fixture list

Over the next few weeks, the fixtures are fairly kind to Wolves, so it is a great opportunity for more points.

Wolves have got struggling Leeds United up next, Everton and then Crystal Palace.

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Marcelo Bielsa (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Then, it’s Norwich City and Burnley.

It does get a bit sticky at Christmas with four of the ‘Big Six’ to play, but there’s a chance confidence will be high going into that period given the preceding matches.

Raul Jimenez form

In the opening weeks of the campaign, Raul Jimenez cut a slightly frustrated figure.

The Mexican wasn’t as lively or effective as some of his teammates. That said, he was creating chances.

His frustrations were very evident when he removed his headband against Brentford after missing a headed opportunity.

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Raul Jimenez (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

In recent weeks though, Raul has started to look somewhat like his old self.


He now has a couple of goals under his belt, also netting for Mexico over the last international break.

He is such an important player for Wolves and was badly missed last season.

Neto and Jonny returns

Lage is doing well with the pool of players he has, but things could be much better when two key players return to action.

Pedro Neto is expected to be back around the end of the year, while Jonny is on course to return in the new year.

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Pedro Neto (Photo by Sam Bagnall – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Neto was Wolves’ Player of the Year last year, and it is exciting to think of the impact he could make under Lage at Molineux.

And it will be great to eventually have Jonny back available. The Spaniard is so consistent, and hopefully he can kick on after another serious knee injury, as he did last time.

Players love Lage

It seems the Wolves players are big fans of the new manager and his style.

A number of them have praised the 45-year-old since his arrival, with Conor Coady only recently describing him as ‘brilliant’.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

They have clearly all bought into what he is trying to do.

He seems to be a more intense character than Nuno Espirito Santo, and the response from the players has been good.

Fans back at Molineux

It’s probably safe to say all teams missed having fans at their grounds.

Wolves badly missed the supporters last term though, and their presence this season could be worth many points to the team.

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Wolves fans (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

One wonders if Wolves would have mounted their comeback at Villa Park on Saturday had there been no fans present.

They truly were missed, and having a packed Molineux to spur on the players could be hugely important.

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