Wolves U23s manager James Collins has branded Nelson Semedo ‘a real professional’.

The full-back featured for the youth side against Middlesbrough on Monday at Aggborough.

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The 27-year-old recently finished a period of self-isolation.

He was unable to feature in Wolves’ first Premier League game of the season against Leicester last weekend.

Ki-Jana Hoever was the man to take his place at right wing-back.

£29 million man Semedo played an hour in the 2-1 win for the U23s, and after the game, Collins was quick to praise the Portugal international.

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He said (Wolves official): “Nelson’s had 10 days of isolation so he hasn’t played, and playing in this game was better than a training session for him.

“We wanted him to do an hour, get him up to a certain point. I thought in training with us yesterday and today, he was a real professional.

“Again, for our players to see that is such a good learning curve for them. To see how he approached an under-23 game when he’s played at the heights that he has.”

Semedo sets the tone

It is good to hear Semedo had a good impact within the U23s squad.

Perhaps it is to be expected, but it is still good for him to be setting an example for the younger players hoping to make that breakthrough to the first-team.

2021/22 is a big season for Semedo.

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He definitely had a better end to 2020/21 than start, and people will be expecting more consistency from him this term.

He’s had a year in English football now, and hopefully under Bruno Lage he can flourish.

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