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?
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.
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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