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Bruno Lage pleased with 'confident' Wolves midfielder Connor Ronan

Bruno Lage has said he is pleased with Wolves midfielder Connor Ronan, who looks ‘confident’ in training.

The 24-year-old has not yet featured for the first-team this season.

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The star was given the chance to impress in pre-season and had a bit of a mixed bag in Alicante and the Algarve.

It was decided that Ronan would stay at Molineux for the 2022/23, despite a number of clubs wanting to sign him such as Aberdeen and Hearts.

The Scottish clubs were keen to snap him up after he had a really strong campaign with St Mirren last term.

He scored eight goals and made five assists in 30 appearances for the Buddies, and finished the season as their Player of the Year.

Ronan is having to be patient for chances this term. He has yet to play in a competitive setting under Lage, but the manager is pleased with what he has seen from the Rochdale-born ace.

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He said (via Express & Star): “I spoke with him because I thought he was a little bit anxious and I understand that he felt that this was the last opportunity with us as he’d been here a long time.

“But after speaking to him, now I can see that he’s relaxed, he’s confident and he’s training very well.

“For now, we know with all these guys they can bring competition to our squad. It is so important to have these kinds of players in our academy, to belong in our team and our squad to bring competition.

Connor Ronan will have to be patient for first-team minutes

Lage seems pleased with Ronan. But he is going to have to be really patient for minutes this season.

Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes are nailed on starters.

And the manager still values Joao Moutinho very highly. But if the veteran doesn’t play, Daniel Podence sometimes operates as a number 10.

And then there is new signing Boubacar Traore, who gave a good account of himself against Manchester City.

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Competition is high, so it is tough at the moment for Ronan.

But there is always the potential for injuries and suspensions. He needs to make sure he is ready if Lage needs him.

Perhaps officials can assess the situation in January to see if a loan would benefit Ronan more than him staying.