Wolverhampton Wanderers are taking on Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup third round at Molineux tonight.

It is already the second meeting between the two teams this season, after the first Premier League meeting in August.

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Spurs and Nuno Espirito Santo got the better of Wolves that day.

Bruno Lage’s side were much the better team, but fell to a 1-0 defeat.

It will be interesting to see if Wolves can exact their revenge tonight, and one or two players will again be looking to prove a point to the former manager.

One such player could be Ki-Jana Hoever.

The Dutchman was signed from Liverpool last year for around £13.5 million in total (BBC Sport) at the same time Diogo Jota headed for Anfield.

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Ki-Jana Hoever (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

It wasn’t a particularly productive first season for Hoever, who pretty much played second fiddle to Nelson Semedo all the way through.

He made 12 appearances in the Premier League, and a further three in the FA Cup. Only five of those 12 league appearances were starts.

 

Given Semedo was not particularly consistent in his first term, it was a little surprising he featured so little.

Hoever out to prove Nuno wrong?

Hoever should get the nod tonight as Bruno Lage rotates.

It is likely he’ll want to have a really good game to perhaps send a little message to the former manager.

It was a surprise Hoever featured as little as he did, especially given he can also operate on the right of a three-man defence, and also at left-back/left wing-back.

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Ki-Jana Hoever (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Wolves often struggled last term, and Nuno rarely diverted away from his ‘favourites’.

When Hoever did come into the team, he generally made a decent impression. Fans lauded his full debut against Manchester United back in December.

Really he should have got more chances in 2020/21, and it will be a sweet feeling for the 19-year-old if he can play his best game yet tonight as Nuno returns once again.

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