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Dave Edwards praises Wolves star Daniel Podence, says he 'never plays safe'

Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards has praised Daniel Podence, insisting the winger never plays things safe.

Podence has been a regular for Wolves this season, operating mainly from the left wing. On occasion, he has played as a number 10.

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The star has made 18 appearances across all competitions so far.

He has scored two goals and made one assist.

Those numbers are not particularly great. But Podence has undoubtedly suffered from the wayward finishing of his teammates.

Realistically, he should have a few more assists to his name.

In terms of creating chances though, Podence has been great. It’s why he’s been in the team so much.

But the star can definitely frustrate sometimes. His love of a flick is abundantly clear, and it really annoys people when they do not come off and there was a simple option on.

But that is Podence’s game. He is a flair player, and Edwards has praised the 27-year-old for the way he tries to make things happen.

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He said (Express & Star): “I really liked the way Adama Traore and Daniel Podence worked together against Cadiz.

“Traore played really high and wide trying to stretch the pitch out that way, with Costa playing on the last man, it gave Podence that space and the amount of the ball he picks up in there is great.

“I like him, he tries that hard pass which will score you a goal or create you a chance, but he will give it away at times, he never plays safe, and he is always looking to affect the game.”

When Wolves star Daniel Podence finds true consistency and fight, he will be a top-class player

Podence is perhaps the most technically gifted player Wolves have.

He is extremely skilful, and is the kind of individual who’ll get people out of their seats.

When he is on it, it is a pleasure to watch him play.

But unfortunately, Podence has always struggled to find true consistency at Wolves.

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He has been better this season and is regularly creating chances. But it still feels like he’s never too far away from a poor performance.

And it also sometimes feels as though he lacks fight and gets too caught up in theatrics.

But Edwards is right. Podence is often only one who will take a risk and try something bold. Things don’t always come off, but he deserves credit for trying.