Goncalo Guedes was again overlooked last night for Wolves, and his potential exit from the club might be getting more likely.
Wolves took on Liverpool at Molineux in their FA Cup third round replay.
It was not a good performance from Wanderers, who struggled to create meaningful chances in the game.
Liverpool got their goal through Harvey Elliott.
And Wolves tried to respond, but really didn’t make it too difficult for Liverpool.
There was a lot of passing from side to side and in front of Liverpool’s defence, and there just seemed to be a lack of bravery in possession.
And it was hugely frustrating to see how wasteful Wolves were on set-pieces when chasing the game.
Ultimately, Wolves can at least now focus on their Premier League campaign.
And it will be very interesting to see if Guedes will be a part of it after January.
Julen Lopetegui didn’t select him for his matchday squad for the second time in a row last night.
Him missing out against Liverpool and West Ham United came after Lopetegui hooked the player at half-time in the Carabao Cup game against Nottingham Forest.
Last night, Lopetegui opted for Rayan Ait-Nouri at left wing. And on the bench, there was the likes of Hwang Hee-chan, Matheus Cunha, Daniel Podence and Diego Costa.
That will only pick up now that he has been overlooked once again.
Goncalo Guedes’ January exit from Wolves is starting to look likely
It is starting to feel like Guedes leaving the club is more likely than not.
Lopetegui’s arrival has sparked an improvement in a lot of players at the club.
But Guedes is not one, and the fact he’s now been left out of two matchday squads in a row is significant.
To be left out once, it’s like the manager is trying to send you a message. Pull your socks up and show everyone what you’re about.
For Lopetegui to leave Guedes out twice in a row suggests he really just isn’t happy with him, and doesn’t see him as an integral part of his plans.
The manager recently failed to give assurances about Guedes remaining a Wolves player moving forwards.
It now remains to be seen if he seals an exit from the club, and on what basis.