Steve Bull: International break may have done Wolves a favour
Wolves are back in action at Bournemouth after a rewarding international break for several players.
Of course, a part of me would like to see as many as possible having a rest over these breaks, but those who have gone away seem to be coming back all the better for representing their countries.
Diogo Jota, at long last, made his much-deserved Portugal debut and Raul Jimenez scored some more goals for Mexico.
And I was delighted to see Patrick Cutrone get himself a couple while with Italy Under-21s.
He got a brace in a Euro qualifier against Iceland, and his confidence will have been boosted by that.
Confidence is a huge thing as a striker – so much of the game is about it – and, hopefully, he can use those goals to his advantage with Wolves now.
While I do not expect him to be starting against the Cherries today, his chance will come.
When it does too, he needs to work hard – but not get too worked up.
I’ve liked what I’ve seen from the Italian so far, but he does seem to have been trying a little bit too hard at times.
Jimenez has set the perfect example to follow. His attitude is impeccable and he really is flying at the moment.
You don’t score goals without working hard, and Jimenez knows that. He puts in the effort – and he gets the results.
He is massively talented, but he mainly gets the goals because of his hard graft.
Crucially, though, you do not get the sense he is trying too hard.
It would be lovely for him to get on the scoresheet against Bournemouth as well. These are the kind of matches you want to be winning as they are a hit-and-miss team.
They’ll beat Manchester United the one week, and lose to Newcastle the next, so it would be great to go there and come away with another victory.
The win against Villa was fantastic, so it’s about having that snowball effect and extending the unbeaten run in the league to eight games.
Looking at the season so far, we are in the same position we were in this time last season – 16 points from 12 games.
So, of course, there is the possibility we could end up finishing seventh again despite the extra games. But, first and foremost, let’s win today.