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Austin Samuels shines in Wolves U23 win

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Wolverhampton Wanderers have been looking for a third striker all summer, and U23 striker Austin Samuels, they may have one ready to go.

The 20-year-old sscored both goals for Wolves U23s last night, as they defeated Middlesbrough U23s 2-1 in their opening Premier League Division 2 fixture.

Samuels scored his first from close range early on. In the second half, he won a penalty before stepping up to score from the spot.

Throughout the entire summer, it has been unclear who Wolves’ third-choice striker will be this season.

Rumours linking Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite are still around. Patrick Cutrone has left to join Empoli on loan.

Fellow Wolves striker Rafa Mir’s future remains very uncertain.

If Wolves are looking for a third-choice striker, then Samuels could be an exciting option.

Who is Austin Samuels?

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Samuels is a product of Wolves’ youth academy, joining in 2009 aged just nine.

After progressing through the youth ranks, Samuels surprisingly scored in a first-team friendly appearance against Peterborough United in 2017.

Despite getting off to a flyer, Samuels has yet to make his first team debut for Wolves.

Instead, he has predominantly featured for the youth sides, scored in the club’s past two EFL Trophy campaigns.

He tasted first-team football on loan at Kidderminster Harriers and then Bradford City, scoring in neither spell.

Samuels describes himself as a striker who is a “good finishing, quick and strong.”

Will Samuels get a look-in?

The answer to this will likely depend on Wolves’ summer business.

If they keep Mir or sign another striker, Samuels’s involvement is likely to be minimum and he could end up leaving on loan.

Alternatively, if Wolves go into September with just two senior strikers, Samuels could give Lage food for thought regarding a first-team selection in the near future.

A warning sign for Wolves may be former striker Benny Ashley-Seal. The forward now plying his trade at Northampton Town excelled in the U23s but struggled to make the step up into the first team.