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Wolves youngster Nigel Lonwijk gets first start out on loan

Wolves youngster Nigel Lonwijk yesterday started his first game for Fortuna Sittard out on loan.

The central defender has so far found minutes hard to come by with the Dutch side.

He made his debut against Sparta Rotterdam back in September.

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Lonwijk has had to be patient, but yesterday he finally got the nod to start from manager Sjors Ultee.

The 19-year-old was a feature against PSV Eindhoven, one of the teams that will likely be fighting for the Eredivisie title this season.

Sadly for Lonwijk and Sittard, they were no match for the giants, who ran out 4-1 winners.

It was a comfortable display from the visitors, who had 21 shots at goal in total, and 57% ball possession.

Goals came from Ritsu Doan, Bruma (2) and Ibrahim Sangare.

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It was probably not the first start Lonwijk would have hoped for, but it was still a decent display from the teenager all things considered.

According to Sofascore, he made four clearances, three blocks and five interceptions in the game.

Only his centre-back partner Martin Angha produced better defensive numbers for Sittard.

He also made one key pass, and did not shy away, having the third most touches for Sittard (65).

Hopefully more starts to come for Lonwijk

It’s good to see that Lonwijk was finally given a chance to impress from the start.

He was thrown into a fairly tough fixture, with PSV currently challenging Ajax at the top of the table.

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But the youngster did well, and will hopefully convince Ultee to keep picking him from the beginning.

Wolves have high hopes for Lonwijk – they would not have sent him out on loan this early in his career if they didn’t.

Sittard are currently in the relegation zone, so it’s a chance for Lonwijk to make a big impression in a struggling team.

Sittard’s Head of Scouting Sjoerd Ars called Lonwjk ‘a talented defender’ when he arrived at the club, so hopefully more chances are in the offing.