Wolves youngster Christian Marques is still yet to make his debut for the Belenenses first-team.
The central defender is spending the season on loan with the Portuguese outfit.
The 18-year-old had looked very impressive at U23 level. He actually won the club’s Academy Player of the Season in 2020.
So it was decided in the summer that Marques would head out to play senior football.
But so far, he still hasn’t experienced even a single minute of that.
He’s played a couple of games for the U23s, but is still yet to turn out for the first-team.
Marques has made the bench seven times for league matches, and he was also part of the matchday squad for the Taca de Portugal Placard game against Caldas.
But as far as him actually getting out on the pitch is concerned, Marques is still waiting for his opportunity.
It is unclear as to why Marques hasn’t yet made his debut.
The club are actually rock bottom of the Portuguese league at the moment and are two points adrift of safety.
Perhaps there is a hesitancy to throw youngster Marques in while the team need to pick up points to pull away from safety.
That said, maybe Marques should be considered to start to freshen things up, given they are losing games.
Wolves may not be happy with Christian Marques loan
Given we are now in mid-December, it’s likely Wolves won’t be particularly happy with Belenenses about Christian Marques.
The club have really high hopes for him.
He is one of the brightest prospects at Molineux. So for him to not yet have experienced first-team football is disappointing.
Ahead of the move, strategic player marketing manager Matt Jackson said it was ‘just another step in building up his experience’.
Hopefully the minutes will come soon for Marques. Otherwise, Wolves may have to consider a recall and find a new club for him. That’s what they did for Ruben Vinagre last term.
If he is just going to play for the U23s he may as well have stayed put.