Nuno Espirito Santo is pleased with Nelson Semedo’s start at Wolves, but expects the star to improve having had time to settle.
The 26-year-old arrived at Molineux from Barcelona for a reported fee that could be worth up to £37 million (BBC Sport).
Since joining the club, Semedo has made four appearances for the club and is yet to contribute any goals or assists.
The Wolves system that uses wing-backs is something that is fairly alien to Semedo having operated in a flat back four at Barcelona, so it was always going to take time for him to adapt.
That said, Nuno was positive about the player when asked about him in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference.
He said of the star (official website): “His previous game was better than the other ones. This is the growing process of a player that arrived later than everybody, getting integrated into the dynamic of the team.
“The progression is there, the evolution is there, keep believing that he still has a lot of things to improve, but he can give us so much because he’s so talented.”
Attack-minded Semedo will hopefully explode
The signs have been positive so far regarding Semedo.
He hasn’t pulled up trees but he’s certainly shown glimpses of his quality, and the more he plays that right wing-back role, the more comfortable he’ll become.
Really, the position should eventually play right into his attacking nature.
He just needs to keep working and learning, and not allow his price tag to have any influence on him. £37 million was a lot for Wolves to pay, arguably too much, but that wasn’t his fault and he needs to just play with freedom and show the quality he clearly has.