It’s a good weekend for Wolverhampton Wanderers fans, who watched Adama Traore hit a last-minute winner against Fulham on Friday night.

The game had become quite significant following the poor performance against West Ham United.

Fulham have been showing real fight of late, and they certainly made life difficult at Craven Cottage.

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Traore has been grabbing the headlines since the game and quite rightly, too.

But there was another standout player in London – someone who hasn’t had a great deal of praise.

Nelson Semedo was handed his 28th Premier League appearance of the season, and put in a really good showing.

According to Sofascore statistics, Semedo – who has sometimes been criticised for his defending – won 16 of the 22 duels he contested.

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Nelson Semedo (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

The former Barcelona man made eight clearances, which was the most out of anyone (including both teams), and also made 10 successful tackles – again, the most out of anyone and by some distance.

 

Semedo was tidy in possession, completing 48/55 passes (87%). He also executed two ‘key’ passes.

His contributions saw him finish the game with an 8.4 rating from Sofascore, making him the game’s standout performer – Fulham’s Harrison Reed had the next highest rating with 7.5.

Semedo ever-improving

Semedo’s performance against Fulham was encouraging.

The 27-year-old will probably have sterner tests, but it was good to see him looking more defensively assured.

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Nelson Semedo (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

It’s starting to become clear that he’s actually a pretty decent tackler.

Perhaps the main area he needs to work on most is his positioning, but he’s still learning the ways of the wing-back having not really operated in the position before this season.

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