Defender Yerson Mosquera has insisted he is ready to fight for his place this season at Wolves.
The 21-year-old has only been able to make one first-team appearance for Wanderers since his arrival at the club last summer from Atletico Nacional.
After a promising first pre-season, Mosquera suffered a high-grade hamstring injury 10 minutes into his debut against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup.
He was ruled out for five months.
Once he has returned to fitness, Bruno Lage did not turn to him for the remainder of the season, instead putting his faith in Toti Gomes, who had impressed after returning to the club in January, and Willy Boly.
It was a hugely frustrating first season for Mosquera, who has been dubbed a star of the future when he signed.
The player has been speaking about the upcoming season, and it’s clear he is ready to fight for a place in the starting XI.
He told Gol Caracol: “I’m 100%, it won’t take long (to compete), now I have to wait, work harder and may it be God’s will that I get the opportunity to play.
“I’ve always said that I have to wait for the opportunity. I’m eager to go to the national team, I feel good, 100% ready to compete, I’m ready.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to play because of decisions, these are football things, but as soon as I get the chance.
“I will try to give my best and wait for the opportunity to go to the national team, which is what I have longed for since I came here (England).”
Yerson Mosquera will have to be patient for minutes at Wolves
So it is looking as though Mosquera will be sticking around to be a part of Lage’s first-team squad for 2022/23.
There had been some talk of a possible loan move for the youngster earlier in the summer.
But Conor Coady’s departure has potentially made opportunities slightly easier to come by.
But it could still be difficult for Mosquera to play much this season if he does stay at Molineux.
At the moment, Nathan Collins and Maximilian Kilman are looking great together as a pairing in the back four.
And then Boly and Toti are further options for Lage.
Mosquera is essentially the fifth-choice. But Lage did experiment with him as a right-back/right wing-back in pre-season, so there could be some chances there.