Wolves manager Bruno Lage has praised Rayan Ait-Nouri after the youngster scored to equalise against Norwich City yesterday.
The wing-back was on target for Wanderers at Molineux for his first goal of the season. It was his second for the club in 50 appearances.
The Frenchman struck on 55 minutes, heading in after the ball popped up in the air following a Joao Moutinho free-kick.
It has been a solid season for Ait-Nouri.
He hasn’t been a nailed on pick for Lage, who has also liked to field Fernando Marcal on occasion.
But when he was come in, he has really impressed. One thinks back to the games he had against Manchester City and Liverpool earlier in the season.
He’s looking like a player with massive potential, and Lage heaped praise on the youngster after the game.
He said (Wolves official): “What Rayan’s doing is a fantastic season and he deserves this moment. We tried to do our best and we changed a little bit. We came out with a different idea and a different dynamic.”
With Marcal looking set to leave the club soon when his contract expires, it looks as though Ait-Nouri’s minutes could well increase in 2022/23.
That said, Wolves could dip into the transfer market. Or Lage could potentially hand one of Ryan Giles or Hugo Bueno a chance to stake a claim.
Ait-Nouri has been a bright spark for Wolves this season, as youngster bags equaliser against Norwich
The 2021/22 season has been a really good one for Ait-Nouri.
He has had to be patient at times, with Lage turning to Marcal for certain games, and also Jonny Castro Otto recently.
But it is clear that Ait-Nouri is immensely talented and will become a top player in a few years.
He signed on a permanent deal last summer for £10 million, which is a real snip. However, it is thought that Angers were able to negotiate a huge 50% sell-on clause, which is potentially a cause for real frustration.