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Wolves need Daniel Podence back, amid Adama Traore struggles

Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be on course for a finish in and around mid-table come the end of 2020/21.

The club currently sit nine points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, and should not have any relegation concerns in the run-in.

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After the international break there is potential for Wolves to pick up a decent haul of points, with West Ham United, Fulham, Sheffield United, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion to come in their next five.

But if Wolves want to push into the top half, which is definitely still a possibility, then they could do with one particular individual coming back into the side and back into form as soon as possible.

Daniel Podence has missed the last seven games with an adductor issue.

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Results haven’t been awful since he’s been on the sidelines, but ingenuity and effervescence have been missed.

Podence has the magic touch when he’s in the mood, and Wolves getting him back after the international break could make a big difference to how they end the season.

Podence needed with Traore struggling

Unfortunately Adama Traore has been unable to step up in Podence’s absence.

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The Spaniard usually always threatens, but has often been let down by his end product, as was the case in his first season at Molineux, and also his teammates on occasion to be fair.

If Nuno Espirito Santo still has hopes of sealing a top-half finish, £60,000-a-week ace Podence (Spotrac) could be absolutely key.

We have seen what he is capable of, and he and Pedro Neto could be the two biggest hopes of a strong finish.