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  1. Tuesday talking point: It's finally starting to click at Wolvespublished at 14:55

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    Matt Cooper, Talking Wolves, external

    After their first league win at Old Trafford in 42 years, followed by a win in the cup and the 3-1 win against Southampton, Wolves are now unbeaten in five in all competitions.

    After a mixed start to the campaign, the team that's been notorious for their defensive qualities finally looks like it's starting to perform at the other end of the pitch. Wolves started the season firing on all cylinders, playing free-flowing attacking football, but failed to get any points on the board from their first four games. A change in approach made Wolves more rigid which put points on the board but they became quite poor to watch.

    With such a small squad and injuries to key players, this approach was somewhat accepted by fans from a manager who was still trying to implement his philosophy onto a team - but fans want to be excited by what they're watching whilst still winning games and it perhaps maybe that equilibrium is finally being found by Bruno Lage.

    Wolves are now back to creating a whole heap of chances as they registered 48 attempts in their last three games whilst still maintaining their defensive solidity. The inclusion of Daniel Podence into the starting eleven has made a real difference, as the tricky forward seems to be linking midfield to attack seamlessly - something that Wolves had lacked earlier on in the season.

    It's important not to get too ahead of ourselves but it does finally look like it may be clicking under Lage - who's done a terrific job so far this season. What Lage could do at Wolves with financial backing is an exciting thought but so far, this has yet to happen from the board.

    Wolves are hard to beat and are now adding goals to their game. A tough trip to Brentford awaits on Saturday, but just like a lot of Wolves fans, I fancy our chances against most teams right now.

  2. Brentford v Wolves: Who makes your Wolves team?published at 14:05

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    Wolves travel to Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday, but who will make it into Bruno Lage's starting XI?

    Undefeated in their last five games in all competitions - would you name an unchanged side?

    It's up to you how to approach it - you could go for the team you WANT the boss to pick or the one you THINK he will.

    Either way, it's time to choose your Wolves team to face Brentford

  3. 'It’s important to me to use my platform to be part of the solution'published at 12:17

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    Simon Stone, BBC Sport

    Adama Traore's name might be in the headlines at the moment because of the rumours he could be on the move this transfer window, but the Wolves winger has found the time to become the latest high-profile player to join Juan Mata's Common Goal movement.

    There are now 210 players and managers involved in the movement, where participants pledge 1% of their salary for good causes.

    “All too often in football the headlines are stolen by racist actions," said the Spain international.

    "If I’ve learned anything in my career so far, it’s that leading with action rather than empty words is what counts in making a difference.

    "I’ve become part of Common Goal in order to tackle racism through the anti-racist project. It’s important to me to use my platform to be part of the solution.

    "I know that my 1% alone isn’t going to fix this problem, and my voice alone won’t solve systemic racism.

    "But, if I can encourage others to join us in this fight, nothing can stand in the way of the impact we can make together."

  4. Wolves duo make Garth's team of the weekpublished at 10:46

    Wolves' 3-1 win over Southampton at Molineux earned Jose Sa and Conor Coady their places in Garth's team of the week.

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    Jose Sa: The Portuguese is at it again. Another stellar performance, this time against Southampton. The dive at the feet of Jan Bednarek was important, as was the save from Romain Perraud. However, it was the point-blank stop from Mohammed Salisu that turned the game in Wolves' favour.

    Conor Coady: Wolves are playing some fabulous football but, unlike their start to the season, they are turning performances into results. For the second successive time, Coady makes my team. His performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford was impressive and he is showing the leadership qualities that earned him his England call-up.

    Read what else Garth had to say about Sa and Coady, plus find out who else made his team of the week

  5. Wolves fans give their views on the transfer window - and Traorepublished at 18:15 17 January

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    Lee: Traore has just scored his first goal all season – let’s cash in on him now. We need to sign a replacement centre-midfielder because Moutinho isn’t getting any younger and bids will start coming in for Neves, which will be hard for him to turn down. Would Ward-Prowse leave Southampton for Wolves? Probably not, but we need someone just like him.

    Jonathan: My main thought - keep hold of Traore. He's a stick of dynamite that all other teams dread. No real need for additions for this season - so many good young players.

    Aka Griffiths: I hope they don't sell Adama. He is frustrating at the moment and has been throughout his career, but the fear he puts into the opposition when they see him on the pitch makes it worth hanging on to him. Ten midfielders could help him by playing the ball into space instead of to his feet too!

    Stephen: Jimenez is not 100% yet and another centre-forward is needed quickly. Origi should be a priority. He would suit Wolves' style of play.

    The comments we’re receiving are pretty split on how to handle the Traore situation. Get involved here

  6. Get your fix of Premier League actionpublished at 17:01 17 January

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  7. Traore brings the house down and shows bond with clubpublished at 11:27 17 January

    Mike Taylor, BBC Radio WM

    Perhaps typically, in Wolves’ bizarre but increasingly enjoyable season, they scored three goals, while at times looking less like scoring than in several games when they didn't.

    For much of the first half, it was Southampton who made the running. But Wolves are remarkably hard to shift. The back three changed for the first time this season, but in his unexpected first appearance, Toti Gomes was an eager replacement and held firm despite the odd crossed wire.

    Jose Sa made saves that backed up the growing feeling that he may even be an upgrade on Rui Patricio. That it took such an outrageous shot to beat him - James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick seemed not merely to swerve, but sign autographs on its way past – in a way highlighted his excellence.

    The goalscorers brought a lot of joy. Raul Jimenez’s first-half penalty may have been a delayed and contentious award, but he took it confidently, ending his run of six goalless league games. Time was when the opposition’s goal was a distant mirage for Conor Coady, but now he is allowed on manoeuvres at set-pieces, he’s a serious threat. After nearly seven seasons, no wonder his first league goal at Molineux had him jumping about.

    However, it was Adama Traore’s goal that brought the house down. It was appropriately dramatic – coming within moments of Southampton hitting the bar, and Traore himself blasting a straightforward chance over - but, given an extra moment to compose himself, at last he found the goal, and he and his team-mates clearly felt the emotion of it.

    Traore’s future has been in question for so long it must have become unsettling. This goal, and the reaction to it, was a reminder there is a bond between him and Wolves.

    It could yet be a farewell goal. But who knows, it might act as a sentimental nudge to both parties to get a deal done, and finally settle his long-term future.

  8. Wolves 3-1 Southampton: The pick of the statspublished at 08:35 17 January

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    • Wolves have picked up 31 points from their first 20 games of the Premier League season, their best return at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1979-80 (also 31 points) when they finished in sixth place.

    • Southampton are now winless in their last six away league games against Wolves (drawn three, lost three).

    • Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in six goals in his seven Premier League appearances against Southampton (five goals, one assist)

    • Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse scored his 12th direct free-kick in the Premier League, only former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham (18) has a better record.

  9. Saints have no answer to Wolves' steelpublished at 07:20 17 January

    Mantej Mann, BBC Sport

    Only Manchester City have conceded fewer league goals than Wolves this season, but visitors Southampton came into the game having scored four in their recent win over Brentford.

    Bruno Lage handed a debut to Toti Gomes and the centre-back looked as assured as if he had been playing all season.

    Saints' lacked a cutting edge at Molineux but Mohammed Salisu's header forced Jose Sa into an impressive point blank save.

    At the other end, Jan Bednarek brought down Rayan Ait-Nouri in the box to hand Wolves a penalty.

    Raul Jimenez converted the spot kick and the hosts were up and running before Conor Coady headed in after the break.

    Lage's men were denied a ninth Premier League clean sheet of the season after a James Ward-Prowse special, but the Saints comeback was short lived as substitute Adama Traore netted his first goal of the campaign.

  10. Wolves 3-1 Southampton: Lage reactionpublished at 17:51 15 January

    Speaking to Match of the Day, Wolves boss Bruno Lage said: "It was a very good result and it's a good moment for us. My first words go to Toti [Gomes]. Two weeks ago he came and did a couple of training sessions with us. He didn’t make any mistakes and it was compact with Conor Coady and Max Kilman, so my first words go to him.

    "First half was very hard with the way they played and they pressed. They are a tough team to play. They press high but in the second half we were better and we created more chances.

    "I'm proud of the boys. They work hard every day and they try to go with my ideas. Adama [Traore] is working hard and he is a professional. He wants to improve and he deserves his goal. He always comes with the ambitions to score goals."

  11. Wolves v Southampton - team newspublished at 14:10 15 January

    Wolves have made three changes to the side that won at Manchester United in their last league outing.

    Leander Dendoncker replaces Ruben Neves in midfield, wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri comes in for Marcal and centre-back Tote Gomes will make his first appearance for the club instead of Romain Saiss.

    Wolves: Sa, Ait-Nouri, Coady, Semedo, Kilman, Gomes, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Jimenez, Podence, Trincao

    Subs: Moulden, Ruddy, Jordão, Silva, Giles, Sanderson, Traore, Cundle, Campbell

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    Southampton are unchanged for the side that beat Brentford at home last time out.

    Southampton: Forster, Bednarek, Lyanco, Salisu, Tella, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Diallo, Perraud, Redmond, Broja

    Subs: Caballero, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Long, Armstrong, Adams, Small, Armstrong, Valery

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  12. Follow Wolves v Southampton livepublished at 13:43 15 January

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  13. Defying gravity or ready to launch?published at 19:01 14 January

    Mike Taylor, BBC Radio WM

    The thought that, at the halfway point, Wolves would have been outscored so far this season by every other Premier League side but one, would have shaken their fans, had they known it in August.

    That they are nevertheless in the top half of the table, only five points outside the top six is, in a way, bizarre.

    But this is not a team hanging on grimly. In recent fixtures they have played with growing assurance and confidence - note that their last five league matches have been against other top-half teams.  Now, having seemingly set down foundations of granite, Bruno Lage is keen for his team to build, yesterday introducing a modern-style three-word agenda: “consistency, personality, talent”.

    Nice slogan. Can they live up to it? There is every reason to think they can.

    Last weekend against Sheffield United, Fabio Silva looked like a young footballer enjoying himself, rather than carrying a great burden. If the record signing can find his feet in the league, there may be assistance or even competition for Raul Jimenez at last.

    There are still concerns: the size of the squad, although reinforcements are coming soon, if only from the physio room; the apparently eternal speculation about Adama Traore, and whether Spurs or anyone else will eventually produce a persuasive offer; and temporarily at least, the absence of Romain Saiss, at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    So far though, Lage and his cheery band of players have cleared all these hurdles and more.  The second half of Wolves’ Premier League programme opens with them quietly confident of repeating their September win over Southampton – that game was a grind, but Wolves are a slicker unit now, and are eager to score some goals to prove it.

  14. Lawro's predictions: Wolves v Southamptonpublished at 17:48 14 January

    Mark Lawrenson takes on grime star S-X for this week's Premier League predictions.

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    Lawro's prediction: 2-1

    Southampton played really well when they beat Brentford in midweek, but Wolves have impressed me for a few weeks and have turned into a really good side.

    Wolves boss Bruno Lage doesn't get enough credit for that, possibly because they don't score too many, but they are a very tidy footballing team and the goals will come.

    S-X's prediction: 3-2

    This is going to be a tough game and it might be quite open too.

    Find out how Lawro and S-X think the rest of the weekend's Premier League fixtures will go

  15. Wolves v Southampton: Team newspublished at 16:11 14 January

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    Wolves defender Romain Saiss is on international duty with Morocco and will miss his first Premier League game of the season.

    Willy Boly, Hwang Hee-chan, Jonny Otto, Petro Neto and Yerson Mosquera are still injured.

    Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters is available after a ban and period of self-isolation, while Thierry Small also returns from Covid-19.

    Yan Valery is back in the squad after serving a one-match suspension.

    Saints remain without Mohamed Elyounoussi, Theo Walcott, Tino Livramento, Will Smallbone and Moussa Djenepo.

    Who replaces Saiss in your Wolves starting XI?

    Pick and share your Saints line-up

  16. Lage 'happy' with Traore but accepts exit may happenpublished at 15:04 14 January

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    Wolves boss Bruno Lage says he’d like to keep in-demand winger Adama Traore but understands the situation must be right for the club.

    Traore has been heavily linked with a move away from Molineux this window and has started only three of the past 10 games.

    However, Lage says his professionalism remains of the highest standard and, in an ideal world, Traore would stay at the club.

    “Nothing’s changed, he wants to play for us and he works hard,” Lage said. “I’m very happy with the four wingers I have – they’re all different which means I can play in different ways."

    The 25-year-old had an outstanding season in 2019-20 with four goals and nine assists, but his end product has dropped since and his contract expires in June 2023.

    "As a manager, I need to understand that it’s not just about Adama, it’s about every player. If it’s good for the club and the player, we’ll have to find a different solution."

    What do you think Wolves should do with Traore? And who would like through the doors at Molineux this month? Let us know here