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.

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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.

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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.

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