Connor Ronan made his first start for Wolves in five years last night.
The midfielder was named in the team by Steve Davis for the third round Carabao Cup clash with Leeds United.
This followed his Premier League debut against Brighton at the weekend.
And it was a good showing from Ronan, who was tidy on the ball alongside Ruben Neves and Joe Hodge in the engine room.
The star had added responsibility in that he was on corners and free-kicks.
He was taken off after 65 minutes to be replaced by Boubacar Traore, who went on to score the winner for Wanderers with a fabulous strike from the edge of the box.
Ronan can be pleased with his showing. It remains to be seen if more minutes will be forthcoming under Julen Lopetegui.
Competition is very strong. Neves, Joao Moutinho and Matheus Nunes are the three top choices. And then Hodge and Boubacar are also good options.
It would be great for Ronan if he did get to play a bit more.
He’s been at the club since he was 16, and has had several loan spells so far.
Ahead of the current season, Bruno Lage had spoken with Ronan, telling him to just be himself and be calm.
That advice appears to have helped the 24-year-old.
He told The Athletic: “I was desperate to get in front of the manager here and when it came it was like, ‘This is the moment, this is the chance!’
“But I put quite a lot of pressure on myself because I’d been waiting for that chance. I think he (Lage) was right in what he said. Sometimes I was trying a bit too hard to do too much but that conversation eased my nerves a lot.”
It’s understandable that Connor Ronan was trying too hard to impress
Ronan has had to bide his time at Wolves. It is completely understandable that he has previously tried too hard to impress.
In his interview with The Athletic, he admits to having thought about Wolves and playing for the first-team whilst out on loan. “It’s definitely always on my mind,” he said. “When I’ve been at the clubs I’ve been on loan at, my full focus has always been on that club.”
It’s clear he would love nothing more than to become a regular first-team starter.
He’s a very talented player. Hopefully now he’s had a couple of appearances he can be calm and confident going forwards.
Maybe Lopetegui will fancy using him a bit more than Lage and Davis.