Ki-Jana Hoever has made headlines again, by scoring his third goal on loan for Stoke City in two games.
The Wolves youngster enjoyed his best outing for some time last week against Blackburn Rovers, when he scored an unlikely brace for the Potters in a 3-2 win.
That led to some high praise from manager Alex Neil.
But last night, Hoever showed that his attacking threat is nothing to be glossed over.
The Dutchman managed to scored again, this time against Michael Carrick’s high-flying Middlesbrough.
Chuba Akpom gave Boro the lead after 23 minutes to take his tally to 23 goals for the season in the Championship.
But Hoever popped up just before half-time to level things up for Stoke.
He collected the ball down the right side and made his way into the area before producing a clam finish between the goalkeeper’s legs.
That was his third goal in just two games for Stoke. Prior to this haul, he had only ever scored one goal in his professional career. That was for Liverpool against MK Dons in an EFL Cup tie.
The Stoke Sentinel were again impressed by Hoever’s performance. They gave him an 8/10 for his display.
Interestingly, the game last night saw two Wolves loanees go up against each other. Lining up against Hoever was Ryan Giles, who has enjoyed a tremendous season.
But it was the Dutchman who came out on top.
Giles was completely caught of position when his Molineux teammate scored. The Northern Echo note that he then tried to get forward in the second-half, but was pinned back by the ‘impressive’ Hoever. They gave him just 5/10.
What a few days for Ki-Jana Hoever as star bags third goal on loan at Stoke
So Hoever has now scored three goals in the space of just a few days for Stoke.
That is more goals than his Wolves rival Nelson Semedo has managed (two) in 93 games for Wanderers since his arrival in the summer of 2020.
It is remarkable to see this attacking prowess come to the fore, given his struggles earlier this season.
The £13.5 million signing is definitely sending a message back to those at Molineux.
It is saying something that he completely got the better of Giles last night, when the 23-year-old has been so dangerous for Boro this season.