Nuno Espirito Santo finally turned to the kids last night, as Wolverhampton Wanderers recorded a draw against West Bromwich Albion.
The 4-0 defeat to Burnley heavily suggested that changes needed to be made, and the manager duly obliged.
Moving to a back four, Nuno named Owen Otasowie, Vitinha and Fabio Silva in his starting XI – and all three made good impressions.
It wasn’t the win Nuno or indeed the fans were hoping for, but it is now less about results given the lack of relegation threat and more about experimenting ahead of next season.
The young trio all played really well, as did Rayan Ait-Nouri, who was starting his fifth game in a row.
Former Molineux goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was among those impressed as he watched on from home last night, tweeting praise for Otasowie and Silva.
He said: “I thought in parts we where very good yesterday, I know the season has been difficult at times.
“But I do feel we will reap the rewards of some of (the) younger players getting experience. I was really impressed (with) Otasowie, Fabio really excites me (for) the future.”
Ikeme also added that he felt Morgan Gibbs-White made a positive contribution coming off the bench.
The kids are all right
Wolves may not have won the game, but the performance was encouraging and, arguably, was better than the victories over Sheffield United and Fulham – certainly, it was a more exciting watch.
And it was the younger players that were the reason for the excitement in the game.
Hopefully for the final few games, Nuno sticks with them and allows them to stake their claims to be regulars next term – there really is no excuse for him not to now.