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Rayan Ait-Nouri has become a genuine wing option for Wolves

Wolves played out a 2-2 draw with Liverpool last night – and Rayan Ait-Nouri proved himself as a genuine wing option.

Julen Lopetegui’s side put in a fantastic performance at Anfield.

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Wanderers were extremely unlucky not to win the game, with a farcical decision to rule out Toti Gomes’ goal with 10 minutes to go the game’s biggest moment.

Wolves fans will still be very angry about that this morning.

But there were many positives from last night’s game – and Ait-Nouri’s performance was perhaps one of the biggest.

Fresh from winning the Player of the Month award for December, Ait-Nouri was handed a first start by Lopetegui on Merseyside.

But it was not at left-back, as is his usual position.

He was deployed further up as an out-and-out winger, with Jonny Castro Otto behind him.

It’s something he’s been getting used to in recent weeks coming off the bench.

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But this was the first time for him to play as a winger from the start – and he was absolutely superb.

Ait-Nouri was a constant threat and an effective outlet.

His pace and dribbling really made life difficult, and he also picked out some good through balls.

There were times where he overdid things and ended up losing the ball. Those occasions were mere reminders that Ait-Nouri is still a work in progress and very young.

But the good far outweighed the bad.

Rayan Ait-Nouri shines again for Wolves and is now a genuine option to play at left wing

Ait-Nouri was fantastic at Anfield and really seems to suit playing higher up.

He is quite clearly more effective going forwards than he is doing defensive work.

So it is little wonder Lopetegui has decided to tap into that natural attack-minded nature of his.

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Daniel Podence has been the go-to for Wolves this season on that left side.

But Ait-Nouri is now a serious option to play there, especially with Hugo Bueno looking really solid at left-back (although Jonny did very well against Liverpool).