Wolverhampton Wanderers wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri is currently in an interesting place.
The youngster, on a season-long loan from Angers, started brightly at Molineux, but has struggled to be consistent in the Black Country.
Predictably, that lack of consistency has led to more time on the bench, especially with Jonny Castro Otto now back from injury.
Ait-Nouri has now not started a Premier League game since January 12 against Everton.
One gets the feeling that time is running out for him if he intends to secure a permanent move to the club this summer.
The Express & Star reports that the option to buy is £20 million, which seems steep at the moment.
Perhaps there is one thing that Nuno Espirito Santo could do that will allow £37,000-a-week talent Ait-Nouri (Spotrac) to make a final push to convince the club into exercising the buy option.
Ait-Nouri further forwards?
Realistically, Jonny has the left wing-back position nailed down, and rarely gives lower than a 7/10 performance.
The Spaniard isn’t going anywhere, and that makes things very difficult for Ait-Nouri.
Maybe Nuno should give some thought to pushing the 19-year-old into a wing position.
Pedro Neto cannot be dropped having been the star man, but Adama Traore’s form has been underwhelming this season.
Maybe Neto on the right and Ait-Nouri down the left could be something worth considering, especially since Ait-Nouri is very attack-minded anyway.
It’s hard to see how else he gets into the team. Him getting a little of run of games as a left-winger at the expense of Traore might just be the only way.