Wolves are looking to improve after an underwhelming start to the new season – and Nelson Semedo becoming a regular again could be key to this.
The Portugal international came into the new season a little cold, having not featured in any of Wolves’ pre-season games.
The star had surgery on his hamstring earlier this year, and it disrupted his pre-2022/23 preparations.
He would miss the opener against Leeds United.
But Semedo returned against Fulham and put in an impressive cameo performance.
Then, he once again came off the bench against Tottenham Hotspur.
Semedo then started games against Newcastle United and Bournemouth, and was one of the better performers in both of those matches. He was particularly good against the Magpies.
It was a surprise to see the £29 million star back on the bench against Southampton. Perhaps the lack of a pre-season had already caught up with him.
But Semedo has shown across the 269 minutes he has played this season that he is the club’s best and most consistent full-back.
Jonny Castro Otto and Rayan Ait-Nouri have both put in good and bad displays this term.
But Semedo has done well with the time he has been afforded.
Really, Bruno Lage ought to be starting him at right-back every game, with Ait-Nouri and Jonny to fight it out for the left-back position.
Wolves look more dangerous when Nelson Semedo is on the pitch
Jonny can be good at right-back, but Semedo really is the better option.
He offers far more going forwards, and there isn’t much between the pair now in terms of defensive solidity.
Unless Semedo is struggling with his fitness, there should be no reason for Jonny to play ahead of him.
Semedo is a great outlet, and provides that injection of pace that Wolves need out wide, especially when Adama Traore is not playing.
Ideally, Semedo will be back in the starting XI against West Ham and he will retain his place moving forwards.