Rayan Ait-Nouri was the talk of the town at the weekend after a brilliant debut against Crystal Palace.

The youngster scored Wolves’ first goal in the 2-0, and was outstanding at left wing-back at the expense of Romain Saiss.

The praise has been continuing this week, with former Molineux full-back Andy Thompson now moving to talk up the young Frenchman.

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Thompson, who made 451 appearances for the club, is in agreement about Ait-Nouri’s promise, but was struck one thing in particular watching him against the Eagles.

He told the Shropshire Star: “I thought he grew into the game. As the game went on, he just got better and better.

 

“It was a good debut for him and it looks promising.

“I noticed how he kept things simple early on, didn’t try to force things.

“Then the longer the game went on, he grew in confidence.”

Ait-Nouri navigated his PL debut perfectly

Ait-Nouri went about his first outing against Palace basically perfectly.

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As Thompson says, the starlet did not attempt anything too out there to begin with as he eased himself into the game.

He took his time to settle, and his goal then no doubt filled him with confidence and he kicked on from there.

It is very easy for young players to get overwhelmed on their Premier League debuts, but the way Ait-Nouri managed the experience suggests a maturity well beyond his 19 years.

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