Nuno Espirito Santo is officially leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers after today’s game with Manchester United.

It’s going to be an emotional day for Wolves fans, who bid farewell to a man that has changed the fortunes of the club in his four years in the Black Country.

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Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Change is afoot, and as sad as it is that Nuno is going, it is also a time to be excited.

It will be interesting to see how Nuno’s exit impacts the dressing room.

It could be that some player could actually really benefit from him leaving.

Here are a few individuals that may have more prominence, as the club prepares for a new era:

Max Kilman

Kilman has shown himself to be a capable Premier League defender in 2020/21.

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Max Kilman (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

The defence has struggled as a collective, but the 23-year-old can be proud of some of his performances this term.

Despite a string of solid early showings, Kilman has been unable to achieve regular starter status at Molineux under Nuno, and one wonders if he could receive a stronger show of faith from a new man.

 

Owen Otasowie

Otasowie is another curious case.

The USA international was very impressive on his debut against Chelsea back in December, but hasn’t kicked on as many would have hoped or expected.

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Owen Otasowie (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

From the outside looking in and catching the occasional report, things haven’t seemed totally right between the pair, and Otasowie could be someone who really benefits from a new man in charge – if it’s decided he’ll stay.

He has the attributes to become a star – hopefully that will be at Premier League level with Wolves.

Leander Dendoncker

Dendoncker’s level has really dipped this season, unfortunately.

The £12 million Belgian enforcer (talkSPORT) has the potential to be so effective, but in 2020/21 it just hasn’t really happened for him.

One wonders whether Nuno switching him about so much has been his downfall.

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Leander Dendoncker (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Some players can struggle if not played in the same role regularly, as their rhythm becomes disrupted.

A new man at the helm could potentially look at Dendoncker, see him as one thing and allow him to express himself in a constant role.

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