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Toti Gomes is in for a stern test if selected by Bruno Lage for Wolves against West Ham next weekend

Wolves are taking on West Ham United after the international break in what is now a really big game for both sides – and Toti Gomes may be in line for his first appearances of 2022/23.

It has been a poor start from Wanderers and the Hammers, who are languishing in 17th and 18th in the table respectively.

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Both clubs will have had aspirations of European football at the start of this season. And there is already a lot of work for both Bruno Lage and David Moyes to do.

Lage will be forced into making at least one change next weekend.

Nathan Collins received a red card for his high and late challenge on Jack Grealish, and is now out for the next three games.

That is a big blow, but Lage does have a replacement in the form of Toti Gomes.

Toti has yet to play any minutes this season, so good has the Collins and Maximilian Kilman partnership been.

The star might have featured in the Carabao Cup game against Preston North End. But Lage stuck with his first-choice pairing.

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Arguably, Toti is the most likely player to deputise for the suspended Collins.

Last season he really impressed in his five appearances for the club.

With Kilman capable of playing on the right side, he could well come in for his first minutes of the season at London Stadium.

But should he get the nod then he’ll be in for a stern test.

Because West Ham boast two very physical strikers in the form of Michail Antonio and new signing Gianluca Scamacca.

Toti Gomes set for a stern first test if he gets nod for Wolves against West Ham

The 23-year-old will have to bring his A-game if Lage decides to put his faith in him.

West Ham have struggled in the final third this season and have only scored three league goals just like Wolves.

But Antonio has given Wolves real trouble in the past – just ask Conor Coady.

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And new signing Scamacca stands at 6ft 5in tall and is going to be a handful for many defenders this season.

The Italian has scored three for his new club so far, but all of them have come in the Europa Conference League.

Whether it’s Antonio or Scamacca, Toti is surely in for a battle.

But he has shown he can cut it in the Premier League. A solid outing in London is not out of the question for the talented centre-half.