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Wolves' strongest possible post January XI

Wolves didn’t sign any players in January, despite lots of transfer reports and speculation leading up to and during.

People are split about the club’s window.

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Some feel Wolves are doing well enough not to have needed any new additions.

Others have suggested one or two ‘first-team ready’ players should have been brought in ahead of a potential push for European football.

Wolves still have a pretty strong squad, but what would Lage’s best team be with everybody fit and available for selection?

Goalkeeper – Jose Sa

Jose Sa has enjoyed an absolutely sensational first season at Wolves.

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Lots of eyebrows were raised when he was announced Rui Patricio’s replacement.

But he has been superb and is a major reason for Wolves sitting just four points off the top four at present.

An amazing shot-stopper, distributor, sweeper and commander of his box, Sa is simply top-class.

Defence – Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss

In front of Jose Sa, Max Kilman Conor Coady and Romain Saiss have all been imperious.

Wolves have the second-best defence in the Premier League and the three centre-halves have shown quality and consistency.

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Kilman in particular has been a revelation. He has played every single minute of every game so far this season, and simply has to be on track for a first England call-up from Gareth Southgate.

Willy Boly was once seen by many as the best defender at Molineux. But he simply doesn’t make a best Wolves XI any more following the emergence of this trio under Lage. And Yerson Mosquera’s time will come, as could Toti Gomes’ following his couple of games replacing Saiss.

Wing-backs – Nelson Semedo, Rayan Ait-Nouri

Nelson Semedo has reached a new level this season under Lage.

The star took some time to adapt to English football last season, but he has been one of the standout players at Molineux this term.

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And on the other side Rayan Ait-Nouri is showing absolutely enormous potential.

The French youngster has had several outstanding displays this season. His performance against Liverpool in December probably sticks out the most.

He is surely the strongest option for Lage at left wing-back. Marcal is a good alternative, and Jonny Castro Otto is soon to return from injury but who knows how he will fare after his second serious knee injury.

Midfield – Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho

At times last season, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho just weren’t hitting it off in midfield for whatever reason.

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This term, both are enjoying a new lease of life, and looking capable of dominating games together.

It is extremely refreshing to watch them, and they are undoubtedly the strongest options for Lage.

Attack – Pedro Neto, Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence

Adama Traore has departed on loan, but Wolves signed Chiquinho before he left. The youngster will need some time to establish himself before being in the conversation.

Daniel Podence has shown in recent weeks how much of a threat he can with his Eden Hazard-like style of play.

He probably squeezes in ahead of Hwang Hee-chan, who enjoyed a great start at Molineux, but did tail off slightly before his injury in December.

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Pedro Neto should make his long-awaited return for Wolves this month, and Wolves fans are absolutely buzzing to see how he’ll get on under Lage.

He’s been out for a long time, but hopefully he’ll be able to get back to the level he was showing prior to his injury. He’d probably just make it over Francisco Trincao. It may seem harsh to put him in over Hwang and Trincao, but he was just so good last season and it’ll be a major boost for Wolves when he’s back playing.

And then up top, one can’t look past Raul Jimenez.

He hasn’t quite been the same since returning from his skull fracture. That was perhaps to be expected. But he is still a hugely important player for Wanderers.

Fabio Silva has been looking much better in recent weeks, but he doesn’t make it into Lage’s best XI yet.