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Nelson Semedo dropped his best ever performance for Wolves against West Ham

Wolves are out of the relegation zone after beating West Ham United 1-0 – and Nelson Semedo was back on top form at Molineux.

Daniel Podence’s goal early in the second-half proved to be the difference between the two sides.

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Wolves are continuing to improve under Julen Lopetegui, who is beginning to find a nice balance of defensive solidity and attacking threat.

The impact he has had has been seismic.

Many players in the squad are really benefited from his arrival.

One such player is Semedo, who might have had his very best performance for Wolves yesterday since he joined the club in the summer of 2020.

It has been a rough season for Semedo so far. The former Barcelona man just hasn’t been able to get any kind of consistency really.

He came into the campaign without a pre-season. And he has been used in rotation with Jonny Castro Otto.

In recent months, his form really dipped and he has been criticised a lot.

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So it is only fair, then, that Semedo gets credit where credit is due.

He was absolutely excellent yesterday against West Ham.

He carried the ball with confidence, defended resolutely and seemed to just choose the right option in whatever he was doing.

According to Sofascore, he made six clearances, two tackles and two inteceptions, as well as completing 50/56 passes.

And of course, he also played a part in the goal, skipping out to the right wing before finding Matheus Nunes inside. The midfielder’s cross then deflected into the path of Podence to score.

He looked very much like the player Wolves forked out £29 million for.

Nelson Semedo needed that performance against West Ham, he must now find consistency

It was really good to see Semedo back at his best level against West Ham.

He hasn’t been at it this season for whatever reason, but yesterday was a reminder of his quality.

He has taken some stick this season, and at times it has been warranted. But it’s very important to acknowledge when players play well. And Semedo didn’t just play well yesterday, he arguably had his best game in a Wolves shirt.

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The thing for him now is to find consistency.

Hopefully he will take great confidence from his showing against the Hammers, and work hard with Lopetegui to keep this level.