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14th Jan, 2017 | 7:34pm

Lambert must solve problem area: Three things we learned about Wolves after win v Aston Villa

By Will Butcher

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Wolves’ 1-0 win over bitter rivals Aston Villa on Saturday evening at Molineux.

A striker should be brought to Molineux

Nouha Dicko’s decision making in the final third was questionable, as he picked the wrong choice on many occasions when put through on goal. The forward attempted a shot at a ridiculous angle when it would have been better to cross, as well as the chance to hand Helder Costa a tap-in, when he decided to blast the ball straight at Sam Johnstone. Showing no signs of learning from his earlier mistakes, Dicko should be axed in place of a more experienced and proven Championship striker this month to fire Wolves out of a relegation fight.

Defensive consistency proving key

Three wins and just one loss in their last five Championship encounters has seen manager Paul Lambert finally settle on a defensive combination that provides a solid base to his side. Richard Stearman and captain Danny Batth starred at the back against £12million man Ross McCormack and England international Gabby Agbonlahor, as they kept their third clean sheet in those last five league games. With solidity at the back, Lambert can now look to improve his attack.

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Sign Helder Costa permanently

The 22-year-old star is currently on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica at Wolves, but should be snapped up at the first available opportunity as he was the difference for Paul Lambert’s side on Saturday evening. Although not his best game in a Wolves shirt against Villa, Costa showed glimpses of brilliance after a stunning first half to his Wolves season. Money must not be an object in signing Costa, as the attacker will play a crucial part for years to come.

In other Wolves news, this BBC journalist posted a transfer update as Lambert remains interested in Blackburn attacker Ben Marshall.

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