If Daniel Podence needed any reassurance about his long term prospects at Wolves, he should have spoken to Leander Dendoncker.
The Belgian was made to wait for the best part of half a season for his opportunity, but is now considered integral.
And there he was again today, nodding in Pedro Neto’s fine delivery straight after the break to put daylight between his side and a woeful Everton.
Podence, finally in from the start, had already put Wolves in the driving seat with a fine bit of skill to draw the foul that allowed Raul Jimenez to profit.
Prior to that, he’d already stung Jordan Pickford’s fingertips with a rasping drive after breaking through the away side’s backline.
He was at it again in the second half, linking the play, running in behind and generally wreaking havoc until he was eventually withdrawn, safe in the knowledge the Man of the Match champagne was waiting.
Moment of the match though, belonged to Ruben Neves.
The maestro was already enjoying his performance, dominating a non-existent Everton midfield, when he won the ball back in his own defensive third and casually unleashed a raking 50-yard pass for Diogo Jota to finish with aplomb.
Jota, of course, was quick to acknowledge his friend, who moments earlier had played him a similarly excellent through ball only to see it wasted.
But it was all smiles in the sunshine now, with the only disappointment being we didn’t score more.
Traore was the guiltiest party, somehow kissing the top of the bar when Jota squared across goal. He must do better.
We can’t be too greedy though. This was as dominant a performance as we’ve seen for a good while, just when we needed it the most.
Defensively sound, free-flowing through the midfield and with chances created in the final third – there was little to criticise.
If there was a negative, it was Neto going off injured, as he too was incisive and busy, working well with Podence to give the type of rotation and movement we haven’t seen enough of lately.
But that should prove a minor blip in an otherwise splendid afternoon’s work.
Three to go and it’s still all very much to play for.