Lage laments Costa position

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 1st October 2022

Wolves bos Bruno Lage admits he may have to delay new signing Diego Costa's starting debut as a result of fitness issues.

The former Chelsea striker signed on at Molineux during the recent international break and was set to make his debut against West Ham later today.

However Lage says he is having to reconsider that plan as a result of the former Spanish international's level of fitness, with Costa having not played first team football for nearly nine months.

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“If we lose him, we have a big problem on our hands,” Lage admitted when speaking to the media ahead of his club's trip to Stratford. “We need to take the best decision for us, for the staff, for the players, and for the club.

“He can start the game or he can finish the game. After one week of training I was a little bit concerned about him, but after the last two weeks I am so happy with what he did.”

With first choice forwards Raul Jimenez and Sasa Kalajdzic already ruled out, due to a groin and knee injury respectively Costa is currently the only recognised first team squad striker available to Lage.

And while he has been impressing in training, according to the manager, he remains far from fully match fit.

"I did a video of one minute and 30 seconds about the last four training sessions and we saw a lot of good stuff," said Lage. "Movement, runs between the centre-backs, appearing at the first post, diagonals in the right goal, diagonals in the left goal, headers, a lot of good things.

"He is scoring goals and has pushed the other guys. He wants them to see his movements.

“The first thing he told me was, 'I'm a nice guy outside the pitch, but I’m very nasty inside the pitch'. That is the kind of player that we want, a player with character and personality to help us win games.

"Inside the game there are no friends and you need to fight for your life. All the managers want players with that personality."

West Ham face Wolves at the London Olympic Stadium this afternoon in a rare Saturday fixture for the Irons; the match kicks off at 5.30pm.

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