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Daniel Podence: Winger isn't ready for Wolves challenge

Daniel Podence

Daniel Podence escaped to Greece. When Sporting Lisbon’s players were attacked by their own fans, a mass exodus ensued. Rui Patricio went to Wolves during that frantic spell. Could we now see Podence reunited with his goalkeeper?

According to the BBC, Wolves are after the Olympiakos winger, with a fee of around £20m being discussed. He would join Leonardo Campana, another new signing.

With a low centre of gravity and electric pace, Podence has the ability to cut inside as well as get to the byline. 3 dribbles and 1.5 key passes per game in the Champions League is up there with the best wingers in Europe (WhoScored). Also, his 5ft 5in frame means that he possesses an odd strength, able to skirt around defenders almost a foot taller than him. A problem: His end product is definitely lacking.

Eight goals in forty-two games in the GREEK LEAGUE. For the champions no less. That record is not good enough. At 24-years-old, you’d expect a promising youngster to have developed his killer touch, especially considering the adulation he was given across social media as a teenager. However, it just hasn’t happened. Whether it’s a tap-in, or finishing off a fine individual run, Daniel Podence just finds it difficult to put the ball in the net.

Incredible footwork, but no end product.

Should Wolves spend upwards of £20m on Podence? It’s really hard to say. On one hand, his quality speed and ability on the ball could be vital on the left wing, especially in big games. But, the Premier League is a merciless beast and how often do we see missed chances cost sides games?

Personally, I wouldn’t sign him. He has talent, no doubt. However, for what Olympiakos value him, there are plenty of other players better suited to playing for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves team. But if we have ever learnt one thing: don’t doubt Nuno…

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5 comments on “Daniel Podence: Winger isn't ready for Wolves challenge

  1. MR JOHN DAVIES

    Lets let Nuno and the club see if he is ready instead of some two bit hack, i trust Nuno.

  2. Hes ready for the step up. You probably had never heard of him until this week then you read some stats and decided you were an expert. Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Nuno knows as does Rui Patricio.
    I don’t think this is a shot in the dark purchase. Tom can I suggest a little more research and consider the team he will be part of and how they attack and move the ball. How might that change him as a player.

    • Good evening Chris, thanks for your comment, although I don’t appreciate the sarcastic tone. Watching Podence four years ago against Macedonia, you could see that he looked quality on the ball; however, he squandered many opportunites to play that final pass. He did score in the end and I thought that when he went to Greece he could maybe progress to be a top talent.

      He didn’t. You can slander my football knowledge all you want, Chris, but when Dani Olmo of Dinamo Zagreb is going for £16m, can you really say that paying upward of £20m for a 24-year-old forward with such a limited finishing palette is a good deal. I hope Nuno proves me wrong.

  3. Jason Paget

    Traore the 2nd? He couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo last season. All the fancy footwork but no end product. This season a complete different story. Nuno brought his game on. If anyone can, Nuno can.

    • Karan Khera

      It’s certainly possible mate. Nuno is a great coach, so despite the risk, he might see something which he can work with and turn into something special.

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