Wolves are facing a big call on Toti Gomes this week, after the defender produced another solid performance for the first-team.
Gomes was handed a shock Premier League debut against Southampton recently.
He deputised for Romain Saiss, who is at AFCON with Morocco, and put in a really assured display at Molineux.
Bruno Lage was clearly impressed with what he saw, and Gomes got another start on Saturday against Brentford.
This was a good chance for Gomes to show that he was not a flash in the pan.
And it was another pretty good showing from the 23-year-old against a physical Brentford side. He won 9/15 duels at the Brentford Community Stadium. He also made six clearances, two interceptions and three tackles.
Both the Express & Star and the Birmingham Mail gave Gomes a 7/10 for his display. The publications agreed Gomes had a slightly shaky start, but recovered really well and became more solid as the game wore on.
Gomes had a heart-in-mouth moment when Peter Bankes brandished a red card for his challenge on Kris Ajer.
But the decision was eventually correctly overturned.
Wolves are now facing a big decision on Gomes, who returned to Wolves while the Swiss Super League was on a winter break.
Gomes, of course, had been on loan at Grasshoppers. It will be very interesting to see whether or not he heads back there in the coming days.
Toti Gomes has shown he can play a part for Wolves’ first-team
You could argue that Gomes has shown enough in the two games he has played to warrant staying with the Wolves first-team until the end of the season.
He did not appear overawed against Southampton or Brentford, and defended with confidence.
Given the injury problems of Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera this season, it surely something Lage and the Wolves officials are giving strong consideration to.
Dion Sanderson appears likely to head back out on loan again. Perhaps that indicates Gomes could stay.
One gets the feeling that if Fosun feel they don’t need to shell out this month, they won’t.
Ultimately, it may be decided that Gomes has the quality and potential to be that extra centre-back option moving forwards.
But obviously, they will be acutely aware that keeping him will likely mean a significant decrease in his rate of minutes compared to the first half of 2021/22.