The Athletic’s Wolverhampton Wanderers correspondent Tim Spiers has recently heaped praise on Daniel Podence for his creativity.
During the January transfer window at the beginning of this year, the Old Gold sealed the arrival of the Portuguese winger from Greek club Olympiacos for a £17.64m fee (per Transfermarkt).
Since his arrival at Molineux, the 25-year-old attacker has made 26 appearances for Wolves in which he has scored four and provided four assists.
In Nuno Espirito Santo’s side’s recent 2-1 victory against Chelsea, Podence was the Old Gold’s second-best player as he picked up a stellar 7.98/10 match rating (per WhoScored).
During the latest episode of The Athletic’s The Molineux View podcast, Spiers spent some time talking about Podence and heaped praise on him.
He said: “I really like what I’ve seen from Podence in this new role that he’s got in the 10, Wolves have never played with a 10 under Nuno, they don’t have anybody in that gap between the striker and the midfield.
“Some of the things he’s been producing in the last two games have been phenomenal.
“The driving run and through-ball he played for Fabio Silva in the Villa game – when Silva hit the post – you just don’t see Wolves players do that.
“I think it’s such a good thing to have in their armoury and I love watching him and [Pedro] Neto work their way upfield on the counterattack.
“The offside goal they scored was majestic.”
TIF Thoughts on what Tim Spiers said about Daniel Podence…
As can be seen in what the reporter had to say, he was full of praise for the forward as he has been “phenomenal” in recent matches.
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Across the season as a whole, Podence has been a fairly consistent performer for Nuno Santo’s side as he has bagged an impressive 7.03/10 average rating over 12 league outings (per WhoScored).
That rating has made the 25-year-old forward Wolves’ joint-third-best performer so far this term.
The performances are much improved from the ones which saw him earn a weak 6.49/10 average rating in the top flight during the 2019/20 term.
So, hopefully, for the Old Gold, the £22.5m-rated man can continue the season in his current vein of form.