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Dave Edwards names the big mistake Bruno Lage made this summer

Dave Edwards believes the time was right for Wolves to sack Bruno Lage.

The former Molineux midfielder shared the opinion of most supporters following the 2-0 defeat to West Ham United on Saturday.

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Lage simply had to get three points at the London Stadium.

But fans knew he was in trouble when he named his starting XI.

Ruben Neves and Jonny Castro Otto lined up in defence with Maximilian Kilman. And Daniel Podence was again leading the line.

It was either a stroke of genius, or the actions of a man losing the plot.

Wolves ended up losing, with the club relieving Lage of his duties less than 24 hours later.

Edwards backs the decision, saying (via the Express & Star): “You can understand why Fosun have made this decision with the run of one win in 15 since last year and only scoring three goals in eight games.

“I imagine they would have liked to have left it a few more weeks, taking it closer to that World Cup, but the Premier League does not wait for anyone.”

Edwards also commented on some of the Wolves players, and Lage himself, not acknowledging the travelling fans.

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According to journalist Liam Keen, just five players went over to the Wolves faithful; they were Podence, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Maximilian Kilman and Chem Campbell.

In the eyes of Edwards, Lage’s decision to offload experienced leaders was part of the reason for this.

“I think it was only four or five players who went over at the end of the game,” he added. “That makes me think Bruno made a big mistake in some of the players he let go

“The likes of Conor Coady, John Ruddy and Romain Saiss.

“I guarantee if Coady was playing on Saturday, every single one of those players would have been over there to clap the fans.”

Wolves are definitely missing a bit of leadership at the moment

It is hard to disagree with Edwards here.

While Wolves have arguably upgraded the starting XI, the squad does feel a little weaker without the likes of Coady, Ruddy and Saiss.

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They were all big characters, and leadership is hugely important for the dressing room.

Coady probably would have dragged the whole team over to the fans at the end of the game on Saturday.

But, really, they should not need that. It should just be an automatic response, win, lose or draw.