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Claire Hakeman lauds Hugo Bueno following youngster's emergence at Wolves

Former Wolves Women defender Claire Hakeman has lavished praise on Hugo Bueno for the way he was emerged to become a first-teamer at Molineux.

The young Spaniard has now started the last three Premier League games for Wolves, after making his debut in the late stages against Nottingham Forest.

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Bueno has really impressed across his four appearances so far.

He helped himself to a brilliant assist for Adama Traore on his full debut against Crystal Palace.

And since then, he has been one of Wolves’ best performers.

The youngster has been that good, he is among the nominees for the club’s Player of the Month award for October.

He’s up against Traore, Ruben Neves and Daniel Podence, and stands a very good chance of winning.

Bueno’s displays have been really refreshing amid the struggles for the rest of the team.

And Hakeman has hailed the 20-year-old for his impact so far.

She said (via Wolves official): “It looks effortless for him. His contribution is not just in the defensive side, but it’s how aggressive he is when going forward. He’s been a really positive outlet for us going forward in the final third, which is everything we saw for the U23s.

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“There’s always that worry of, ‘Can they do it? Can they cut it in the Premier League?’ We know how big of a step-up that is, but he’s been excellent and he’s more than justified his selection for the last three games.

“He’s a bit more direct [than Ait-Nouri]. With Ait-Nouri, the one criticism of him is that he sometimes does a little too much. He always wants to take one more touch and do that little bit extra, but Bueno is such a talent.”

Hakeman was speaking on Wolves Matchday Live after the club had played out a 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday.

She also said that she can’t see Bueno losing his starting berth any time soon.

Hugo Bueno deserves to keep starting berth for Wolves as Claire Hakeman sings youngster’s praises

It’s hard to disagree with anything Hakeman has said about Bueno here.

He looks to be a serious talent, and his fearlessness has been really impressive to see.

The comparison with Ait-Nouri is interesting. Arguably, Bueno does appear to have just a bit more conviction about his game than the 21-year-old, who can sometimes be accused of overplaying or choosing the wrong option.

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So far, we haven’t really seen any of that from Bueno. He’s been comfortable and efficient in his play.

It’s fantastic to see him repaying the faith shown in him. Hopefully he can continue to start games.