Bruno Lage may have a tricky decision to make ahead of Wolves’ next Premier League game against Manchester United.
Wolves fans are patiently waiting for January 3 now, after the club’s final couple of games of 2021 were postponed.
First the Boxing Day clash with Watford was off after the Hornets made a request. Then Wolves requested the game with Arsenal – which was meant to be played last night – to be postponed due to a lack of available players.
Wolves later confirmed that they had six players who had tested positive for Covid-19. That on top of several injuries.
Fans will be hoping to see some action at Old Trafford after the turn of the year, and Lage may have one particular selection headache.
And it comes at right wing-back.
Nelson Semedo is undoubtedly the number one choice for the position at Wolves right now.
He has made 18 appearances so far, with 16 of those coming in the Premier League.
Ki-Jana Hoever has had to be very patient for minutes. So far, he’s made just eight appearances across all competitions.
But both players have previously done well against United.
Semedo’s only goal for Wolves since his move to the club came against the Red Devils in Nuno Espirito Santo’s final game as manager.
Wolves lost that match, and United fielded a different team, but he still scored. And Semedo, 28, was really good in reverse fixture this season, keeping Jadon Sancho quiet.
One of Hoever’s best games in a Wolves shirt came on his full Premier League debut for the club at Old Trafford.
He was near-faultless at right wing-back that night. And Hoever, of course, recently did really well in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea.
A headache for Bruno Lage?
Assuming both players are fit for selection, Semedo is probably the favourite to play.
But £13.5 million signing Hoever did well against the Blues, and that performance last season at Old Trafford was magnificent.
After that game, the Express & Star gave him an 8/10 rating and said of him: “Just 18 years old and making his first Premier League start, Hoever was brilliant. Calmly played his way out of tight spaces on several occasions and looked solid on the back foot as well. A very encouraging outing.”
It may well be a trickier call than first meets the eye for Lage.