Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Ki-Jana Hoever has been speaking about his first season in the Black Country.
The 19-year-old signed for the club last year from Liverpool for a fee reported to be worth £13.5 million in total (BBC Sport).
That was as Diogo Jota headed in the opposite direction in a separate deal.
2020/21 was all about settling in for Hoever.
He made 15 appearances in total – most of those coming as a substitute.
He was very much behind Nelson Semedo in the pecking order at Molineux, and he’ll have to work hard to dislodge him.
As a right-sided defender, Hoever has been able to link with Adama Traore, and the Dutchman has commented on what it’s like to play with the rapid winger.
He told The Athletic: “He has something that no one else has.
“No left-back is quicker than him. If you’re not playing every game with him on that side it’s always a bit… you don’t know him exactly, the things he likes and wants… I see it when I’m watching games but it’s different when you’re playing.
“Does he want it in behind, or to his feet? The combination play et cetera. But the more you play, the more you get that connection.”
Hoever and Traore partnership has potential
Maybe 2021/22 will see the birth of a new partnership at Wolves.
Semedo is probably likely to play the bulk of the games again, but Hoever will surely get more game time having impressed when called upon in 2020/21.
He could link up well with Traore, potentially better than Semedo, whose partnership with the former didn’t quite blossom as expected last term, perhaps due to them both having similar styles.