Wolves youngster Pascal Estrada has said he would love to play for the club’s first team by the end of the season.

He is currently plugging away in the Under-23 setup, and is capable of playing at the heart of defence or in midfield.

In an interview with Laola1 in his native Austria, Estrada acknowledged it would be difficult to get in given how well the back three are playing but hopes it happens.

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When asked if he had any strong hopes for a first team appearance this season, he said: “That is of course the goal. 

“But it has to be emphasized that Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss, who usually play from the start, are doing really well.

“Of course, as a defensive player it’s very difficult to get a match because things are going extremely well.  But let’s see what happens by the end of the season, it’s definitely the goal.

“This season, the club is still on a really good path – and you can tell that in the club because it exudes a lot of positivity. The goal of being in an European competition again sooner or later is realistic.”

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Wolves do not have tonnes of central defenders and that could hand Estrada an opportunity between now and the end of the season if injuries hit.

Lage has been careful with his young players, even Luke Cundle, who is outstanding in the Under-23s, has been very sparingly used despite the injuries and thin nature of the squad at times this season.

Estrada could get his chance either at the back or midfield, and Lage is not blessed with huge options in either area.

Perhaps as the season wears on, there will be games where Lage rotates, although at the moment he is doing all he can to keep changes to a minimum.