Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be in a position whereby the manager can now afford to experiment.

The victory over Fulham has surely seen the club pull away from danger, with 12 points now separating the two sides.

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Nuno and Hoever (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

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Fans know Nuno Espirito Santo to be quite stubborn when it comes to using the same players over and over again.

But maybe soon he will feel there is scope for turning to players he hasn’t afforded many minutes to.

One such player is Ki-Jana Hoever, who signed for the club last summer for a reported fee of £13.5 million all in (BBC Sport).

Hoever made a name for himself when he made his debut for Liverpool against Wolves in the FA Cup last season, and many fans were excited by his signing.

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Ki-Jana Hoever (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

But he’s featured very little so far, with Nuno having unwavering faith in the more experienced Nelson Semedo.

It’s clear the manager is very taken by the ex-Barcelona man, who has had a much better second half of the season.

 

Perhaps to get Hoever into the team, Hoever should be considered for a centre-back role.

Hoever right centre-back?

Semedo is firmly established in the starting XI.

Only goalkeeper Rui Patricio, captain Conor Coady and star man Pedro Neto have gotten more minutes than him this season (via Transfermarkt), which is an indicator of how highly Nuno values the 27-year-old.

He’s been virtually undroppable and it’s therefore been difficult for Hoever, but the Dutchman does have the capacity to play in the middle.

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Ki-Jana Hoever (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

That right centre-back position could suit him quite well, if Nuno has no plans to rotate Semedo.

Romain Saiss’ form has been a little suspect in recent weeks, so Hoever could come in as a replacement for him, with Coady to play in the middle and Willy Boly moving back to the left of a three.

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