Last campaign, in his first year at the club, Sa was one of the most prominent names as Wolves were in the hunt for European football.
However, he made a poor start to the season after a calamitous mistake for Leeds’ opener last week.
Now, after a far more emphatic display in which he saved Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late penalty, Lage has challenged the goalkeeper to keep improving.
“In the last game we were talking about Jose because he wasn’t happy with the first goal, now he makes this save and we don’t match,” Lage said.
“Football is about that. When I do player development it’s not about the mistakes they make, it’s about the good things they can do. This is the standard.
“Jose had a fantastic season, the pre-season was not good for him because he was recovering, and today he came with this save.
“I’m happy with him and he has to keep working because he can be one of the good names in the Premier League this season.”
Asked about the penalty decision, after Rayan Ait-Nouri fouled Bobby Decordova-Reid, Lage said: “I didn’t see it. I can’t say anything about the penalty.”
Wolves dominated much of the Molineux clash but couldn’t find their goalscoring touch after creating several big chances.
Lage was pleased with the display and attacking intent, and believes his side should have taken three points, but has called on his forwards to find their clinical edge.
“I think we deserved to win the game, but we have to score goals and put the ball in the net,” he added.
“We had a lot of chances to do that. Sometimes our players faced the goalkeeper, there were two situations without the goalkeeper in the goal – first with Pedro and second with Morgan – so they are clear scoring chances.
“Once again it was another good performance. We had personality. From the way the fans responded, I can see that they enjoyed the performance, now we continue to work.
“We are working hard on everything. I’m happy with the performance, but I think we lost two points against a strong opponent.
“Marco is a top coach and the way he played against Liverpool was different, they respected our team a lot. It means a lot, that’s why he’s a senior manager.
“Look at what they did in the Championship and how they started the Premier League, they came here and respected us. It means a lot to us.
“Now we keep working, this is our direction and the fans are happy. We are happy but I want more.
“We will try hard on Monday because we are working hard for our fans.”
Towards the end of the game there was a clash between Morgan Gibbs-White and Mitrovic, after the Fulham striker cynically brought down the Wolves man as he advanced, and Lage believes Mitrovic may have seen red.
“I can say that with the situation with Mitrovic, it’s about the rules,” he said.
“When he fouls and breaks the transition, it’s a clear yellow card. If you kick or are too aggressive, it’s a red card.
“I didn’t see it, but they asked me if it’s yellow or red, and my opinion is with the way to stop (the transition).
“I didn’t see it, but if they did it (headbutts) it’s a red card for both of them. It’s so clear.”
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