Wolves: Bruno Lage now facing 'big summer' at Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Bruno Lage points the way

It ‘might be a big summer’ for Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage after things have begun to turn sour, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Portuguese tactician enjoyed a hugely successful first half of the season at Molineux, but a dramatic downturn in form has led to questions being asked over his long-term future.

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Lage succeeded his compatriot Nuno Espirito Santo in the summer following a memorable four-year stint at the helm and got off to a slow start in the Midlands.

Three consecutive 1-0 defeats in the Premier League marked the beginning of the 46-year-old’s tenure at Wolves, with a victory over Championship outfit Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup their only reprieve.

However, Lage’s charges then went on a run of just five defeats in their subsequent 21 top-flight fixtures to spark genuine hope of finishing in the Champions League qualification spots.

But Wolves then suffered another dramatic shift in momentum and have now won just three of their last 13 games, drawing two and losing the other eight, leaving them in danger of dropping down to 10th position.

The club’s supporters let their frustrations be known following a recent 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton, booing the team at full-time, and Lage admitted he had sympathy with their actions.

What has Crook said about Lage?

Crook believes the off-season could be very important to the former Benfica bosses’ tenure at Wolves as he has been informed that ‘all isn’t particularly well’ there at this moment in time.

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In an exclusive interview, he told GiveMeSport: “It might be a big summer for Bruno Lage because I’m told that all isn’t particularly well there.

“He didn’t come out for the lap of honour at the weekend with the players; fans are starting to get on his back; their form in the last 10 or 12 games has been relegation form.”

Does Lage deserve more time?

Despite their recent struggles, overall, it has still been a positive campaign for Wolves, who could finish as high as eighth if the final few results go their way.

They have only conceded 40 times in their 37 league outings, the joint-fourth best defensive record in the division, but it’s their attack that has really let them down.

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Raul Jimenez and Daniel Podence are Wolves’ joint-leading scorers in all competitions with just six goals, while only Burnley, Watford and Norwich have found the back of the net on fewer occasions than the Midlanders in the Premier League.

It’s evident that Lage will need to recruit a prolific goalscorer ahead of next season if he is to turn things around, and his future at Wolves could depend on his ability to do just that.

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