With a number of players away on international duty, it’s a chance for some non-regulars at Wolves to catch the eye of Bruno Lage.
Fixtures will be coming thick and fast once the international break is over.
So far this term, Lage hasn’t really chopped and changed too much. He has tended to pick, or at least start with, the same individuals across the first 11 league games.
But he’ll surely have to use all corners of his squad once the festive period is in full swing.
Certain players for Wolves are pretty assured of their starting spots right now.
The likes of Jose Sa, Conor Coady, Ruben Neves, Hwang Hee-chan and Raul Jimenez are probably going to play most games.
With Hwang and Jimenez fairly certainly to play most of the time, only one position is left up for grabs in attack.
Adama Traore, Francisco Trincao and Daniel Podence are the options for Lage. The latter has seen the least amount of game time so far.
Interestingly, all three players are at Compton Park at the moment having not been called up by Spain, Portugal or the Portugal U21s.
It is an important time for all three, and a chance for one of them to catch Lage’s eye.
Podence needs to win three-way battle
As the forward with the least minutes in 2021/22, the next week or so is particularly important for Podence.
The 26-year-old has had a couple of decent outings this season.
But he has again lacked the consistency that many feel he should now be showing two years after making his move from the Olympiacos.
He’s a top player on his day, but those days just don’t come enough.
It’s important for him to really go for it in training over the next week or so.
He needs to ensure he is playing with more intensity than Traore or Trincao if he is to get the nod from Lage in the next game.
No one has nailed down that spot on the right. It’s up to Podence to grab it and then keep hold of it.