Wolverhampton Wanderers are almost set to embark on their first campaign under Bruno Lage.
The team have been gearing up for the new season over the past few weeks, and are currently halfway through their pre-season schedule.
For the past week the players have been in Marbella, but will return ahead of weekend matches against Stoke City and Coventry City.
The final warm-up match will be against Celta Vigo on August 7.
Lage has been putting the players through their paces, and now has everyone back following Euro 2020.
It’s going to be interesting to see how the new additions fit in.
Perhaps the most exciting signing of the window so far is Francisco Trincao.
The youngster has arrived on a season-long loan from Barcelona, and it’s seen as a coup that Wolves have been able to land a player with such high potential.
It’s going to be particularly interesting to watch the link-up play between him and Nelson Semedo.
Trincao, 21, and Semedo just missed out on being teammates together at Barcelona, with Semedo leaving for Wolves the summer Trincao transferred to the Nou Camp from Braga.
The pair have shared the field for Portugal four times, albeit only for a total of 130 minutes.
They may have a very small understanding of each other’s games right now, but it’s a connection that could very well end up flourishing.
Trincao-Semedo link-up could be exciting
Semedo is naturally an attacking full-back.
Lage is an attack-minded coach. That could potentially mean Semedo will be spending a lot of time right up there with Trincao, who looks like he’ll operate from the right.
We saw last term that Semedo’s parternship with Adama Traore wasn’t quite as good as people hoped.
That was in-part due to £29 million star Semedo being unable to overlap somebody who was often inclined to go on the outside and get to the byline.
Being left-footed, Trincao likes to cut inside. This could allow more space for Semedo to operate.
We saw this a few times last term when Pedro Neto moved across to the right wing – and Trincao might be the man to be playing those balls through the lines for Semedo to latch onto.