Bendeguz Bolla has a chance to pique Lopetegui's attention back at Wolves
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Bendeguz Bolla has a chance to pique Lopetegui's attention back at Wolves

Wolves have a bit of a problem at the moment at right-back.

Julen Lopetegui has arrived at Molineux to find both Nelson Semedo and Jonny Castro Otto way below where they should be.

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Both players have struggled with injuries in recent times.

Semedo came into 2022/23 without playing any minutes in pre-season, after suffering a bad hamstring injury towards the end of the last campaign.

And Jonny returned to first-team action earlier this year after suffering a second ACL injury.

The Spaniard sadly does not look as mobile or athletic these days, and it’s possible Wolves will have to think about finding a long-term replacement.

Ki-Jana Hoever’s form is also a worry, with Dutch journalist recently suggesting that PSV Eindhoven made a mistake loaning him from Wolves.

It is therefore, a potential opportunity for Bendeguz Bolla to make a statement in the second half of the season.

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Bolla is into his second season on loan at Grasshoppers now, and so far his time in Switzerland has been a real success.

The 22-year-old has made 47 appearances for the club in total. And he has returned six goals and five assists, which are respectable numbers for a young right-back.

Bolla was signed by Wolves for around £800,000 in the summer of 2021 from Fehervar, and the club felt it was best to send him straight out on loan in order to build his experience.

This is now a real opportunity for Bolla to make a bit of a statement to Lopetegui’s team

The form of Jonny and Semedo has been really alarming this season.

And the reports about Hoever’s form over in the Netherlands are far from encouraging.

That’s why this is now an important period for Bolla, who has been doing really well at Grasshoppers since he signed.

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The star will have had Wolves eyes on him, and it’s important for him to try and keep a high level through until the end of the season.

Toti Gomes got a chance with the Wolves first-team after doing well on loan at Grasshoppers. So the precedent is there for Bolla – he’s just got to keep working away, and then maybe he’ll be considered for a place in the squad next season.