BT Sports commentator Steve McManaman believes Wolverhampton Wanderers got a bargain in Ki-Jana Hoever.

The Dutchman was handed a start against Southampton in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat on Thursday night.

It was the 10th first-team appearance and only his fourth start, with Nelson Semedo having been the preferred choice so far.

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That was to be expected, with Semedo the more experienced player and a big-money signing for the club last summer.

Hoever has had to bide his time, but has impressed in the minutes he has been afford at Molineux so far.

And in the eyes of McManaman, Wolves did great business getting Hoever for £9.5 million, which will eventually rise to £13.5 million as reported by BBC Sport.

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Speaking during the first-half of tonight’s game on BT Sport, McManaman said: “He’s took the option to come to Wolves and he’s playing (more than at Liverpool) which is the most important thing for a young boy.

“I just wish him all the best, he’s a lovely lad and he’s got immense talent and I can only see him getting better and better.

 

“I think that the fee Wolves paid for him will be a bargain for him in the future.”

McManaman also believes that Hoever’s versatility will serve him well at Molineux.

Hoever already looking good value

It was a disgraceful team performance last night, but Hoever was perhaps the only player who actually did OK.

He is certainly looking like one of Wolves’ better acquisitions from those that joined the club last summer.

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His composure is a particular positive, and the defensive side of his game seems strong – and arguably better than that of Semedo already.

Hopefully he can get more starts between now and the end of the season – from what he’s shown so far, it feels as though he has the potential to be a top-class player.

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