Wolverhampton Wanderers fans are finally starting to see some less familar faces as the season draws to a close.

With Premier League safety having been assured for a while now, it has been the ideal time for Nuno Espirito Santo to experiment.

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Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Hopefully that will continue through until the end of the season as preparation for next term.

One man who got a rare start against Brighton last weekend was Ki-Jana Hoever.

The youngster, who arrived from Liverpool, last year was making only his 14th first-team appearance for the club, and fourth league start.

He’s firmly behind Nelson Semedo in the pecking order just at the moment, but against the Seagulls he gave a very good impression of himself.

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Ki-Jana Hoever (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

It was the kind of display that suggested he will push his more experienced teammate harder at Molineux next term.

His showing was lapped up by former Wanderers player Lee Naylor, who was covering the game on Matchday Live Extra.

 

The former defender said: “I think Hoever is an outstanding talent, he can possibly go on and be very good for Wolves. I saw him when he first came over in the youth team and he blew me away, I thought, ‘This kid is going to be special’.

“He’s got the attributes to be very good and I thought he was excellent.”

Carl Ikeme concurred, branding Hoever ‘brilliant’ and believing he made a massive statement.

Hoever a wonderful prospect

Hoever has not had a great deal of time on the pitch this season, but he has rarely failed to impress when he has been given the chance.

Semedo is very much a favourite of Nuno Espirito Santo, but Hoever does have the potential to oust him next season.

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Ki-Jana Hoever (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Or failing that, the £40,000-a-week star (Spotrac) could potentially play as a right-sided centre-half given his impressive versatility.

Hoever should at least become more involved next term – he deserves it having been so patient this campaign.

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