Bruno Lage has predicted Rayan Ait-Nouri can become a top player for Wolves if he puts the work in.
The Frenchman has recently come into the starting XI and looked really good.
Fernando Marcal’s calf injury meant he got a chance against Leeds United.
He did well at Elland Road, and then followed that up with two more bright performances against Everton and Crystal Palace.
It seems his time has now come at Molineux.
He has the shirt right now, and Marcal, 32, could have some difficulty getting back in.
Ait-Nouri, signed permanently by Wolves for £10 million in the summer, has huge potential, and Lage knows it.
Hinting he’ll continue to play, Lage said (via Express & Star): “Marcal knows, when he comes, he needs to work hard because Rayan is doing well and he is doing well because he worked in the shadow during seven games because Marcal was doing well.
“We are happy with him. The quality he has, not just now, but also for the past, the way he plays in an offensive way.
“We talk with him and we work with him, if he’s more consistent and if he wins more defensive duels, he can be a top player.”
Positives signs for Wolves over Ait-Nouri
Wolves fans ought to be really excited about Ait-Nouri’s future.
He showed glimpses of his quality last season, and this term he has started really well after initially playing second fiddle.
He definitely provides a better attacking threat to Marcal, and really suits playing as a wing-back.
As Lage says, if he can improve the defensive side of his game, Wolves will have a real gem on their hands.