Teenage Wolves goalkeeper Andreas Sondergaard has been promoted to train with the first team after being named in the club’s squad for the Europa League group stage.
Wolves Bite reported that the 18-year-old has been called up by first-team manager Nuno Espirito Santo to train with the senior side under the tuition of goalkeeping coach Rui Barbosa, while continuing to play for Rob Edwards’ under-23 team.
He has yet to play a competitive first-team fixture at Molineux, although he was included in the first-team squad for their 2018/19 pre-season programme in Switzerland, as noted by Wolves Bite.
In 26 appearances for the under-23 side, he has conceded just 30 goals (1.15 per game) and kept nine clean sheets (in 30% of his appearances). In last season’s Premier League 2, he let in only 20 goals in 21 games (0.95 per game) and achieved eight shutouts (38% of games). [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
A scout report by Soccersouls commended his ball-handling abilities and sharp reflexes, along with an aptitude for playing the ball out from the back with carefully executed passes, adding that he “cuts an intimidating figure in goal“.
While Sondergaard has been called up to train with the Wolves first-team squad, Nuno allowed fellow goalkeeper Will Norris to go out on loan to Ipswich for the season.
He has amassed 129 senior appearances in his career but was still loaned out by Wolves, who have instead handed Sondergaard the chance of potentially playing European football this season.
That Nuno would rather include a teenage goalkeeper with zero first-team appearances than a 26-year-old with 129 games under his belt is a strong show of faith in young Sondergaard, but he has deserved that recognition for his performances at under-23 level.
The 18-year-old might not feature for the first team this season, with Burgoyne having to go out on loan to Falkirk last season to get game time, and Ruddy playing only 10 times since the start of 2018/19, but Sondergaard’s inclusion in their Europa League group stage squad and the call-up to train with the first team offers some hope that he could feature for Nuno’s side at some point in the months ahead.
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