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Daniel Podence is showing Wolves are in good hands without Adama Traore

Some Wolves fans are still a little bemused and frustrated that Adama Traore was allowed to leave the club on loan last month.

The Spain international joined Barcelona on a deal until the end of the season.

Some felt it was a strange move to let a player of such unique qualities go on loan rather than be sold.

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But Wolves did the deal, and Barca have the option to buy him for £29 million at the end of the season.

With Traore now out of the picture, it is important for other forward players to step up.

One man who has been doing that of late for Wolves is Daniel Podence.

The star had a slow start to the season having come into the campaign without a pre-season because of injury.

He then struggled to force his way into the team ahead of the likes of Traore, Hwang Hee-chan and Francisco Trincao.

But over the past couple of months, Podence has shown up for Wolves. Particularly from a creativity standpoint.

He hasn’t yet scored in the Premier League this season, although he has scored four goals in the cup competitions.

But Podence is definitely being a threat for Wanderers, with The Other 14 reporting some chances created data today.

Of all players not at Big Six clubs, Podence currently sits top of the pile for chances created per 90 minutes (not including from set-pieces).

He has a value of 1.97 per 90. That is slightly ahead of Leeds United’s Rodrigo (1.80) and Emi Buendia of Aston Villa (1.77).

Interestingly, Traore only appears ninth on the list with a value of 1.52 per 90.

Daniel Podence showing Wolves still have a creative spark in their team

Podence can at times be quite frustrating.

But this data suggests there isn’t currently a more creative player than him out of all the players at clubs outside the traditional Big Six.

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Sometimes he can give the ball away. But perhaps if he is searching for that killer ball to create a chance it’s more acceptable. At least he is trying to make something happen.

Wolves don’t score that many goals. So it is good to see Podence leading such a category. It gives hope that the club can eventually score more goals, and that the team is fine without Traore.

Really, it’s now just about Wolves being more clinical in front of goal.