Christian Marques featured for Wolves yesterday in Bruno Lage’s fifth pre-season friendly match.
The defender was drafted in to play as part of a back three, with Yerson Mosquera and Max Kilman his partners.
It was a bit of tricky afternoon for the promising Marques, who got 90 minutes.
The youngster has big potential, but had some uncomfortable moments against Coventry City, who often got runners in behind the Wolves backline.
The player puts it partly down to nerves – he hasn’t featured in front of that many fans previously.
Marques will have better outings, but there’s no doubt he’ll have learned a lot.
The 18-year-old says that Conor Coady was on hand yesterday to offer him some advice.
He said: “When Coady came to me today, he said just to play the same as I’ve been playing all the time, he said, ‘do this and this’, for example, put the ball over the top for Adama to get in behind, so I just do these little things he told me.
“I just listened to him because he’s got more experience than me, he’s doing that every week after week, so I just have to listen and take it as a note to improve my own game.”
Coady the ideal mentor for Marques
Wolves fans wouldn’t expect anything less from Coady to be putting an arm around Marques and helping him improve.
He’s a great role for Marques, who has often featured in the middle of a back three of the U23s, as Coady does for the first-team.
The youngster has previously hailed the England international and clearly has great respect for him.