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Former PSV manager Aad de Mos criticises Wolves defender Ki-Jana Hoever

Ki-Jana Hoever has been criticised by former PSV Eindhoven manager Aad de Mos.

The Wolves defender is spending the 2022/23 season on loan with the Dutch giants in a bid to get his career back on track.

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Hoever struggled to get a look in last season.

Bruno Lage opted to use Nelson Semedo for most of the games.

And Jonny Castro Otto also featured on the right on occasion.

Hoever did have some injury problems too, so all in all he made just 12 appearances.

Earlier this year, Hoever was the subject of public criticism from Lage after failing to prepare properly to face Crystal Palace.

He got injured midway through the first-half and had to be replaced by Jonny, which prompted Lage to take a pop at him in his post-match press conference.

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Wolves fans will have been hoping to hear about a solid start to life on loan at PSV for Hoever.

But the 20-year-old has been slammed by de Mos, who managed PSV from 1993 to 1995.

He said (via Voetbal Primeur): “Hoever is not a right back. He is certainly not a right back for PSV.

“Hoever is vulnerable on the inside. He is a central defender. He is brought in on the basis of his international games with the Dutch junior team, the Dutch U19 team and the Dutch U17 team.

“To the eye, he is a nice player, but his weakness is of course his defensive qualities.”

PSV’s season officially starts on Saturday, with Ajax their opponents in the Super Cup.

Worrying claim from de Mos, Hoever must improve defensively

These comments from de Mos will be slightly concerning for Wolves.

It is interesting to hear de Mos say that Hoever is a centre-back.

Journalist Tim Spiers said at the end of the 2021/22 season that Wolves did actually sign Hoever with a view to playing him as a centre-back at first.

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Hopefully Hoever will endeavour to improve the defensive side of his game.

If he returns to Molineux next year having regularly shown defensive vulnerability then he may well find himself on the transfer list.