The Lowdown: Hodge makes Wolves debut
Wanderers were beaten 3-0 away to Chelsea in their most recent outing last weekend, and while the result was disappointing, it was a pivotal occasion for one individual.
Hodge was handed his Wolves debut after being introduced as a half-time substitute, with the 20-year-old handling himself well against more experienced players.
Now, a new update suggests that the midfielder could go one better when Wanderers host Forest on Saturday afternoon.
The Latest: Youngster could start vs Forest
According to Football Insider, sources have told them that Hodge is ‘in contention’ to start for Steve Davis this weekend, with staff at the club ‘impressed’ with his development.
Part of the reason for this is because he ‘offers something different’ in the middle of the park, bringing a better balance to the team.
The Verdict: Bold call
This is an exciting claim, with young homegrown players being handed a chance to shine always something that whets the appetite for supporters.
Granted, there is a clear risk element in throwing a young player into the starting XI but Hodge did well in his cameo against Chelsea, making one tackle and enjoying a 78% pass completion rate.
He has also scored five goals in 18 appearances for Wolves’ Under-21s, highlighting his end product when he ventures forward – something that can be lacking with Wanderers’ other midfielders.
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