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Two Wolves players finish as category leaders after first round of PL fixtures

Wolverhampton Wanderers may have lost their opening game of the season, but there were undoubtedly positives to take.

There was to be no perfect start for Bruno Lage in his first outing, with Jamie Vardy once again proving a thorn in Wolves’ side.

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After the game, Lage said that he was pleased with the performance despite the end result.

Really, Wolves should have taken a least a point having put the Foxes under big pressure in the second-half.

Interestingly, two Wolves players actually finished the first round of Premier League fixtures as statistics leaders.

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According to fbref.com, Adama Traore completed more dribbles (12) than any other player on the opening weekend.

He was five clear of Newcastle’s Allan Saint-Maximin in second.

The Spaniard also had the joint-most shots along with Vardy (6).

And Ki-Jana Hoever, featuring at right wing-back as Nelson Semedo self-isolated, made the most tackles out of anyone (7). He won five of those, the joint-most with Todd Cantwell (5).

Impressive numbers

It’s probably not too much of a surprise at this point to see Traore topping a dribbles category.

But 12 is a lot and, along with his six shots, he has started the season very positively under Lage.

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It is good to see Hoever doing well too, after not featuring much last season.

He may well lose his place to Semedo for the next game. But he is at least sending a message to Lage that he’s going to fight for his place.