Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has pledged to give young players at the club further opportunities to show what they can do for the first team.
The Portuguese native fielded an entirely new starting XI for the Carabao Cup defeat to Aston Villa in midweek and has indicated that the youngsters who featured that night could get more games in the months ahead.
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Speaking to Wolves Bite, Nuno said: “This talent they have, they have to release, because the chance will come again and they have to show the talent they have.”
He added: “It’s a building process. It’s a process – we are in our third season and since the beginning we try to give competition to the young boys.” [via Wolves Bite]
Wolves Bite highlighted several statistics which reflect the inexperience of the team that played at Villa Park on Wednesday – 16-year-old Chem Campbell became the second youngest player in Wolves history; the average age of the starting XI was 21 years and 295 days; eight of the starting team had made 42 Wolves appearances combined, with John Ruddy, Ryan Bennett and Ruben Vinagre excluded.
Nuno’s desire to make wholesale changes for the Carabao Cup game was understandable, given his team’s sizeable commitments this season – the match at Villa Park was their 21st game of 2019/20, the first of which came on July 25th in the Europa League qualifying rounds.
It was also their 11th midweek match of the campaign and they still have another three games in nine days prior to the November international break. [via TransferMarkt]
Nine Wolves players have already played more than 1,000 minutes this season, with four more set to surpass that mark if they play for even half of the Premier League game against Arsenal this weekend. [via TransferMarkt]
Nuno was quite justified in turning to the youngsters against Aston Villa given the heavy involvement for his established first team players this season.
They might be out of the Carabao Cup, but they still have the FA Cup to come, which may afford an opportunity for the youngsters to get further first team experience.
Also, after two wins in their first three Europa League group games, there is a chance that they could seal progression to the knockout rounds with a match to spare, which could present another window of opportunity for the likes of Perry, Dion Sanderson and Benny Ashley-Seal to play for the first team.
Wolves fans, do you think the youngsters who featured against Aston Villa will (or should) get further first team opportunities this season? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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