Saturday was another disappointing display from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The team were minutes away from another three points at Elland Road against Leeds United.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

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But the Whites were awarded a penalty when Nelson Semedo bundled over Joe Gelhardt.

Rodrigo scored from the spot, and Wolves can’t really have any complaints about coming away with just a point.

The performance wasn’t good enough, and it was frustrating to see Bruno Lage not getting his team to build on the 1-0 lead.

As has usually been the case though, there were a couple of positives to take.

Hwang Hee-chan continuing to look dangerous was one, and Jose Sa looking solid was another.

But it was also good afternoon’s work by Rayan Ait-Nouri.

The French youngster came in for his first Premier League start, with Fernando Marcal having picked up a minor injury in the week.

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Rayan Ait-Nouri (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Some supporters have been clamouring to see him in recent weeks, with the Brazilian having arguably dipped.


Those people got their wish on Saturday – and Ait-Nouri did well in West Yorkshire.

Coming in against Raphinha was never going to be easy, but he stuck to the task and offered more in attack than Marcal would have.

Fans were left impressed with his showing on social media.

Arguably, he did enough to retain his place, with Everton up next at Molineux for Wolves.

Lage should keep the faith

Marcal has been the clear favourite for Lage so far this season.

But hopefully, Ait-Nouri gets another chance against the Toffees as he doesn’t warrant going straight back to the bench after his performance on Saturday.

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Rayan Ait-Nouri (Photo by Sam Bagnall – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

He is a much better attacking outlet than Marcal, and is probably only marginally worse defensively. He certainly isn’t as aggressive as the South American.

Last season Ait-Nouri got one Premier League assist, and it came against Everton at Molineux.

The £10 million ace (Express & Star) has hurt them before, and he has the potential to do it again.

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