Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be heading for a low-key finish to 2020/21.
They currently sit 13th in the Premier League table, nine points ahead of Fulham, who occupy the final relegation spot.
And it’s a 14-point gap to fifth-placed West Ham United, who are in the Europa League position at present.
It’s therefore a decent period for Nuno to perhaps start utilising some of the players he’s not dished out too many minutes to. Here are a few who should be in his thinking:
The USA midfielder has been given just five Premier League appearances in total, after making his debut against Chelsea in December.
It’s been a little strange to see him play so little.
He’s made errors against Brighton and Manchester City, and it would be nice if Nuno would give him a proper chance to shine and get those mistakes out of his system.
It feels like he needs more than mere cameos, and he offers different qualities to Nuno’s three experienced central midfielders.
Wolves have to make a decision on Vitinha at the end of the season regarding whether he should be signed permanently.
The loanee from FC Porto has seen very little game time at Molineux so far.
His amazing goal against Chorley was a glimpse of what he’s capable of, and surely he needs more starts from the manager after the international break, especially with a decision worth millions awaiting.
Leander Dendoncker, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho have all been heavily involved this season – Vitinha has got to come in at some stage, if anything just to keep the legs of the others fresh.
Signed from Liverpool (for £13.5 million total, BBC Sport) at the same time as Diogo Jota departed for Anfield, Ki-Jana Hoever has found minutes in the Black Country difficult to come by so far.
Nelson Semedo was transferred in for big-money in the same window and has the complete trust of Nuno.
Perhaps Hoever could be given some opportunities at right centre-back, or replace Semedo for the odd game.
The 19-year-old is a big talent, and it’s a shame to see him warming the bench so often.