Wolves played out a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa last night in the Premier League – and Rayan Ait-Nouri again caught the eye.
The spoils were shared at Villa Park as Julen Lopetegui and Unai Emery went head-to-head for the sixth time.
Daniel Podence gave Wolves the lead with a fantastic finish on his left foot.
But Danny Ings hit back in the second-half, taking advantage of some uncharacteristic hesitancy from Jose Sa.
Wolves put in a good performance, and it is clear things are improving under Lopetegui.
One gets the feeling that results will soon start to come if the players continue to work on things and the squad can be strengthened this month.
As he’d done in the previous three matches, Lopetegui turned to Ait-Nouri from the bench at Villa Park.
He was given around half an hour to make an impact.
And that’s precisely what he did. The 21-year-old was a real outlet for Wolves, although Villa did apply a lot of pressure in the final 20 minutes of the game.
Ait-Nouri’s best moment came when he collected the ball on the halfway line and surged forward down the left side.
He made his way into the box, twisting and turning to beat three Villa players before unleashing a shot, which was parried away by Emi Martinez.
The run was Adama Traore-esque. It would have been a truly special goal had his shot found the back of the net.
It is really interesting and encouraging to see Ait-Nouri performing this well.
He is currently not a starter, but seems absolutely determined to break back into the XI.
Wolves must not offload Rayan Ait-Nouri this month, amid recent speculation
Wolves would be making a huge mistake offloading Ait-Nouri this month if that’s something the club is thinking about.
Reports have suggested that the likes of Nice, Juventus and Sevilla are all keen.
Apparently, Ait-Nouri’s entourage have opened the door to an exit, amid him losing his starting berth.
But there is absolutely no way Wanderers should be entertaining this.
The way he’s playing at the moment, it will not be long before the £10 million star comes back into the starting XI. Whether that’s in place of Bueno or at left wing.
That run where he beat three players alone shows what a talent he is.