Who is Totti Gomez? Bruno Lagg makes a surprising impression on a rising Wolves actor

Portuguese defender Totti Gomes will make his first match for Wolverhampton Wanderers against Southampton today.

Gomez – who was recently called up from a loan spell at Grasshoppers – has jumped from the waiting list to replace Romain Sais as the center back for the Premier League match.

Wolverhampton coach Bruno Lagg attempted to train left back Markal and midfielder Leander Dendoncker in the center of defense in last week’s 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the FA Cup.

Although satisfied with Markal and Dendoncker’s performances, Lagg then admitted that neither of them could imitate natural defender Saiss.

Lagg also has the option of Dion Sanderson, who has been called up from an impressive loan spell at Birmingham City in the tournament.

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But the Wolverhampton boss has instead opted for compatriot Gomes, who has made operations on the left flank of three defenses for Grasshoppers in the Swiss Super League this season.

That’s all you need to know about the 22-year-old debutante…

Gomez was born in Guinea-Bissau but moved to Portugal at a young age and spent his football career playing for local teams before joining Estoril in the Primeira Liga in 2017.

He graduated to Estoril’s first team in 2018 and played quite a few games before moving to the Wolves in 2020.

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Wolves immediately sent him to Grasshoppers – the Swiss club also owned by Fosun – where Gomes played a key role in winning the Swiss Challenge League title last season.

He appeared 34 times and scored two goals with the return of the historic Swiss club to the First Division.

Grasshoppers secured another one-season loan deal for Gomes in the summer, to the delight of his sporting director – and former Molineux favorite – Seyi Olofinjana.

“It is very important for us that Totti returns to GC,” Olofingana said. “It has evolved significantly in the past 12 months, and we are grateful to Wolves for commissioning further development.”

Gomez went on to play a prominent role for the Grasshoppers, scoring one goal in 16 games that helped the club finish sixth in the middle of the season.

He returns to Wolverhampton on January 4 to train with Lage’s first team and receives a taste of life at Compton Park, with the idea that he will return to Switzerland at the end of the month.

“This is a good opportunity to bring back a young player who was doing well in Switzerland, so we can take a look at him,” said Wolves coach Scott Cellars. “Totti will be training with the first team, and we hope it really benefits him.”

“Even though he’s a Wolverhampton player, he’s always been on loan so it’s a chance for him to join the group, take a look at the club, meet everyone and see what it’s all about. The Swiss league won’t resume until the end of January, so this Good chance for Toti and Wolves.

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

The start in the Premier League was not in the script, but it could be the start of a promising career for Wolves.

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