Some Wolves fans were able to get a glimpse of new signing Chiquinho for the first time last night, as the winger turned out for the U23s.
James Collins’ side were in action against Sunderland in their latest PL2 match at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground.
Wolves ran out 2-1 winners in the end, having actually gone behind.
Chem Campbell scored twice for the visitors, after Sohna opened the scoring for the Black Cats.
The result meant Wolves got back to winning ways for the first time since November, when they beat Birmingham City 2-1.
New signing Chiquinho was handed a start by Collins – and the youngster gave a pretty good account of himself.
Fans were excited to see the Portuguese youngster in action, after he made Bruno Lage’s first-team bench on Saturday.
Chiquinho started on the right wing and according to the club’s official website, put the Sunderland defence under pressure, and created several openings with his movement.
Before half-time, he had a great chance to score. He robbed the ball from defender Zak Johnson, but was denied by goalkeeper Jacob Carney.
The starlet was forced off after playing around 60 minutes having picked up a knock. Hopefully it’s not something too serious.
Journalist Tim Spiers said on Twitter that Chiquinho had looked ‘quick, skilful, aggressive and direct’ which is an encouraging assessment.
Several fans also said that Chiquinho stood out.
Promising early signs as Chiquinho debuts for Wolves’ U23s
Given the Wolves first-team don’t play now until February 5, it made sense for Chiquinho to play for the U23s.
He has been working with the first-team in training, and so it will have been good for him to get some minutes.
Hopes are high over Chiquinho. By many accounts, he is a really talented and tricky player.
Wolves are stacked in the wide areas at the moment. So he may have to be patient for a chance.
Hopefully he can make full use of the opportunities he gets with the U23s, and can convince Lage to soon hand him a first-team debut.