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Toti Gomes deserves to keep Wolves starting berth against Brentford

Wolves are facing Brentford this weekend in their next Premier League game.

The club are looking to make it four wins from four in 2022, having toppled Manchester United, Sheffield United in the FA Cup, and Southampton so far this month.

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Bruno Lage’s side are improving week on week.

It has been good to see Wolves looking a bit more clinical in recent weeks, having had a real goalscoring issue throughout the season.

Given how solid the defence is, it is exciting to think about how good the team could become as the season progresses.

On Saturday it’s Brentford, who ran out 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture back in September.

That was a dreadful day at the office for Wolves, who will hopefully be hell-bent on getting revenge in London.

The defence has been brilliant on the whole, but against the Bees last time it looked shaky.

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One man who didn’t play that day was Toti Gomes, who was on loan at Grasshoppers in Switzerland.

The defender is back at Molineux now, having returned while the Swiss Super League was on a winter break.

Gomes was a shock starter for last weekend’s game with Southampton. He featured on the left of a back three in place of Romain Saiss, who is at AFCON.

The 23-year-old put in a really confident display against the Saints. He gave the impression of someone who had turned out in the competition many times before.

Toti Gomes should keep his place for Wolves against Brentford

Lage said he went with Gomes in the end last weekend to keep Max Kilman on the right, and have Leander Dendoncker in midfield to replace Ruben Neves. He was unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19.

Gomes looked comfortable in the position, which he has played in for Grasshoppers this term.

He should probably keep his place. Really, he didn’t do anything to warrant being dropped to the bench. He was great positionally, and distributed with confidence.

Fernando Marcal has returned to training after missing the Southampton clash and will potentially be an option for Lage.

But he had a couple of iffy moments in the 45 minutes he played against Sheffield United.

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Gomes should get another chance, if anything to let him show he is not a flash in the pan.

The Swiss league is starting back up again soon. Grasshoppers actually have a friendly tonight against Winterthur, before they take on FC Sion on Jan 30.

Lage may well want to see if Gomes can prove himself again and show he should be kept at Molineux, rather than return to Switzerland.