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Bruno Lage explains Ki-Jana Hoever selection call against Chelsea and praises the youngster

Bruno Lage explained his decision to start Ki-Jana Hoever yesterday, after Wolves played out a 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

The team took a point against Thomas Tuchel’s side at Molineux, which has to be seen as a decent result.

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Wolves were really good in the first-half and really took the game to Chelsea.

But, disappointingly in the second-half, Wolves stepped off and allowed the Blues to play.

It was another fairly solid performance from a defensive standpoint though from Wolves, who are now really beginning to carve out a reputation as a very hard team to beat.

For the game Lage made a few changes, with Hoever’s inclusion the biggest surprise.

Prior to the Chelsea game, the young Dutchman had only started the first Premier League game against Leicester City.

The £40,000-a-week ace drew criticism recently for his lapse against Liverpool.

But Lage showed faith in him yesterday, and Hoever did justify his selection.

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Lage said (Express & Star): “I think it was the right game for him (Hoever). The last game he played here he played at left-back and you know what happened.

“When I feel it is the right game to play because you can give me the right things for the team and the strategy, I will choose that.

“I chose Ki because he can be more aggressive and understand the role to play as a winger. He did well and I’m happy for him.”

Ki-Jana Hoever needed positive outing

Eyebrows were raised when news came through yesterday regarding the Wolves starting XI.

Hoever might have been more likely to play against Brighton in midweek rather than Chelsea.

But Lage put his faith in the former Liverpool man, and he didn’t let him down.

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He was good particularly in the first-half and applied himself well.

It was something he needed as well following the game against Liverpool.

Hopefully he can kick on now, although Nelson Semedo is probably likely to come back into the side for the next game.

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