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Toti Gomes recalled to the Wolves squad

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Portuguese defender Toti Gomes has been called back by Wolves manager Bruno Lage. He will make his Wolverhampton Wanderers debut against Southampton.

Toti Gomes was recently recalled from his loan spell from Grasshoppers. He has come up the queue to replace Romain Saiss at centre-back for the Premier League fixture.

Wolves head coach Bruno Lage tried out left-back Marcal and midfielder Leander Dendoncker at centre-back positions. They managed to win 3:0 in last weekend’s fixture over Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

However, with the performances of Marcal and Dendoncker, Lage admitted that neither can replicate natural defender Saiss.

Lage also has the option of Dion Sanderson. He was recalled from an impressive loan spell at Birmingham City in the Championship.

But the Wolves boss has preferred Gomes instead. He has also operated on the left side of a back three for Grasshoppers in the Swiss Super League this season.

Gomes was born in Guinea-Bissau, but he moved to Portugal at a young age. He started his youth career at Estoril in 2017.

The Portuguese defender gradually earned his first-team cap in 2018. He played a handful of games before making the switch to Wolves in 2020.

Wolves immediately shipped him out to Grasshoppers. Gomes played a key role in their Swiss Challenge League title win last season.

He appeared 34 times and scored twice as the historic Swiss club returned to the top flight. Gomes has continued to play a prominent role for Grasshoppers. He has one goal in 16 matches helping the club to the sixth spot at the halfway point in their season.

He returned to Wolves on January 4 to train with Lage’s first team and receive a taste of life at Compton Park.

Wolves on Totti Gomes

Wolves technical director Scott Sellars said:

“This is a good opportunity to bring a young player, who has been doing well out in Switzerland, back so we can have a look at him. Toti will train with the first-team, which we hope will really benefit him.

“Although he’s a Wolves player, he’s always been out on loan, so it’s an opportunity for him to come into the pack, have a look at the club, meet everybody, and see what it’s all about. The Swiss league doesn’t restart until the end of January, so this is a good opportunity for Toti and Wolves.

“Barring any new Covid-19 or injury issues here, we expect him to return to Switzerland at the end of January.”

A start in the Premier League wasn’t in the script, but it could be the start of a promising Wolves career.

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