Wolves midfielder Owen Otasowie has got to get a decent chance against Aston Villa
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Wolves midfielder Owen Otasowie has got to get a decent chance against Aston Villa

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo made a really odd decision against Manchester City.

The Molineux boss has been questioned by some for the way he set the team up at the Etihad Stadium, with a few people arguing it was all a bit too negative and overly respectful to their opponents.

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There was no recognised striker to begin with, with Pedro Neto, Adama Traore and Nelson Semedo operating as an interchanging three up top.

But Wolves did actually get themselves a genuine chance when Conor Coady equalised, and were still in it even at 2-1 down.

But then Nuno hooked Ruben Neves and sent on Owen Otasowie, a player who had not seen any minutes since the Brighton game back in January.

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Within minutes, Otasowie was caught in his own box attempting to dribble out of trouble, and it led to a third, game-killing goal for the hosts.

Otasowie has come in for criticism from some, but the situation feels very harsh on the 20-year-old.

There seemingly really wasn’t any need to take Neves off, and to put Otasowie on against such ruthless opposition, especially given his glaring miss against Brighton, was a bit suspect.

Otasowie needs chance to atone

Otasowie will now be thinking on those two errors he’s made in his last two games.

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This has the potential to really destroy his confidence and Nuno has got to consider either starting him against Aston Villa, or substituting him on much earlier in the second-half.

He needs a chance to atone, and he has the talent to do so.

Otasowie has great promise, and it would be a real shame if he now slipped back into the shadows off the back of some questionable handling.