Wolves defender Ki-Jana Hoever branded a 'miscalculation' for PSV
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Wolves defender Ki-Jana Hoever branded a 'miscalculation' for PSV

Wolves defender Ki-Jana Hoever has been described as a ‘miscalculation’ for PSV by Eindhovens Dagblad journalist Rik Elfrink.

The youngster is spending the 2022/23 season on loan at the Dutch giants in a bid to get his career kickstarted.

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Hoever has struggled since making his move to Wolves from Liverpool in the summer of 2020.

He arrived at Molineux at the same time as Diogo Jota left for Anfield, although the deals were seperate.

But minutes were hard to come by for the 20-year-old, with Nelson Semedo the preferred option to play in the right.

Earlier this summer, Wolves officials decided the best move would be to send him out on loan. A move to PSV back in his homeland was facilitated, and it was felt that this was a good opportunity for him.

But so far, the stint has really not worked out.

Elfrink, who is very well up on all things PSV, has said of Hoever (via fcupdate.nl): “We had already seen from Ki-Jana Hoever in the preparation that that would not be it.

“He’s far too weak defensively. I think that’s really the biggest PSV setback of this season. He has turned out to be a real miscalculation so far.

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“And Hoever is an expensive customer; with high expectations on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers and was actually the intended starting right-back. If you now look at how many minutes he has made, it is very disappointing.”

So far, Hoever has made just eight appearances for PSV.

He hasn’t featured in any of the last four Eredivisie matches, and didn’t even make the squad against Ajax earlier this month.

Wolves need to think about cancelling Ki-Jana Hoever’s loan move to PSV and sending him elsewhere

These comments from Elfrink on Hoever are pretty alarming.

To hear that defensively he has been looking weak is a concern. He cannot really hope to get minutes unless he brings that major part of his game up to standard.

It might be in Wolves’ interest in January to talk to PSV about maybe cancelling the loan.

BODO, NORWAY – NOVEMBER 3: Ki-Jana Hoever of PSV during the UEFA Europa League match between Bodo Glimt v PSV at the Aspmyra Stadion on November 3, 2022 in Bodo Norway (Photo by Photo Prestige/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Wanderers need him to be playing, and it doesn’t look like he is in favour at all at the Philips Stadion right now.

This is a huge season for Hoever, having had two underwhelming campaigns at Molineux. He needs a big second-half of 2022/23, or he could wind up being sold by Wolves next year for much less than the £13.5 million he was signed for.