Wolves midfielder Christian Herc has been named in the club’s Premier League squad despite currently enduring a frustrating spell on loan at Czech Fortuna Liga outfit Viktoria Plzen, where he has yet to make a competitive appearance.
The 20-year-old joined the club from Wolves in June on a two-year loan with an option for a permanent transfer, as reported by his parent club’s official website wolves.co.uk.
However, as noted by HITC, the Slovakia under-21 international is still awaiting his debut with Viktoria Plzen and has only made the matchday squad once, being named among the substitutes in a goalless draw against Bohemians.
Herc, who joined Wolves from FC Nitra in 2015, played 37 times for Scott Sellars’ under-23 team from 2016 to 2018, helping them to reach the Premier League 2 second-tier play-offs in the 2016/17 season.
In February 2018, he was loaned to Slovakian top-flight outfit DAC Dunajska Streda, where he stayed until the end of last season. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
He scored six goals and provided six assists in 50 appearances for the club (0.12 goals and assists per game) and helped them to qualify for consecutive Europa League campaigns.
However, his career appears to be flagging at Viktoria Plzen, where he has failed to make an appearance in their first eight matches of the season and made the bench only once. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
An analysis of Herc by Jake Flock on wolvesanalysis.com describes him as a composed player who regularly makes the correct decision when in possession and is able to identify pockets of space to get himself into shooting positions.
However, Flock also noted that Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo rarely plays a ‘number 10’ in his preferred 5-4-1 formation, and with the exception of Joao Moutinho, who has made 54 appearances since the start of last season, central midfielders have found game time hard to come by for Wolves under the Portuguese manager.
Last season, the only central midfielders other than Moutinho and Gibbs-White to get first-team action were Elliot Watt and Pedro Goncalves, who played just 90 minutes between them. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Having gone out on loan with the intention of getting regular gametime, Herc is likely to be frustrated at his complete lack of opportunities thus far at Viktoria Plzen.
With Nuno only utilising Gibbs-White sporadically and largely ignoring central midfielders from the under-23 ranks, Herc’s constant omission from his loan club’s line-up is making it impossible for him to stake his claim for future first-team action at Wolves.
Unless the youngster is eventually trusted at Viktoria Plzen, his loan spell looks set to go to waste and he may need to leave Wolves altogether to play regularly.
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