The first half of 2022/23 has been a struggle so far for Wolves, but one of the biggest positives has been the integration of young players into the first-team.
Prior to Julen Lopetegui succeeding Bruno Lage, Steve Davis took the reins at Molineux for a few weeks.
Davis had been the U18s manager, and this would be significant in some of the club’s brightest prospects actually getting first-team minutes.
We have seen the likes of Joe Hodge and Chem Campbell featuring a bit more for the first-team which has been fantastic to see.
But there’s one young player that has seriously stood out for Wolves recently, and that’s Hugo Bueno.
The Spaniard was given his debut as Wolves were closing out the Nottingham Forest game in mid-October.
Wolves then faced Palace days later and Rayan Ait-Nouri had been due to start that game.
But due to illness he could not feature and so, Davis had a decision to make. Would he go with the experience of Jonny Castro Otto, or put his faith in little known entity Bueno.
Davis decided to go with the latter, and Bueno repaid his manager’s faith with brilliant performance against the Eagles.
He was fearless at left-back, and produced the cross that led to Adama Traore scoring at the back post.
Bueno has played every Premier League since that trip to Selhurst Park, and is now ahead of Ait-Nouri in the pecking order.
Bueno was so good in October that the club rewarded him with a new contract.
He also scooped the Player of the Month award, as voted for by the fans.
Bueno really has been a breath of fresh air.
Wolves have really struggled lately, but Bueno has been one of only a few players that has played with heart and genuine confidence.
He has not looked out of place one bit.
Hugo Bueno has been Wolves’ Young Player of the Season so far
There is no doubt that Bueno has been Wolves’ best youngster so far this season.
Hodge and Campbell have both done well when called upon. But the way Bueno has seized his chance at Molineux has been remarkable.
The best part of his game is when he gets up to support in the final third. He’s quick, can dribble and can then put a really good ball into the box.
He’s also not too bad on the defensive side, and is pretty good when one against one.
What’s great about Bueno compared to Ait-Nouri is that Bueno seems a little more decisive. Sometimes the former Angers star can overplay and ultimately make the wrong decision.
Bueno tends to be a bit more efficient in what he does. He keeps things a bit more simple, and it often leads to a positive outcome.
Wolves fans are rightly very excited about Bueno.