Wolves midfielder Mario Lemina has come in for praise from Dave Edwards after he made his full debut against Manchester City on Sunday.
The Gabon international was thrown in from the start at the Etihad Stadium.
He made up a midfield trident that also featured Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes.
It was always going to be one of the toughest fixtures of the season. But Lemina didn’t do too badly. He worked hard in pressing the City midfielders, showed some nice touches on the ball and recycled it well.
Lemina departed on 67 minutes for Daniel Podence as Julen Lopetegui sought to try and get back into the game.
Lemina was one of four Wolves players to have been namedropped by Pep Guardiola after the game, the others being Neves, Nunes and Adama Traore.
And now, former Molineux midfielder Edwards has praised the 29-year-old.
He wrote in his latest Express & Star column: “But what I really enjoyed was the midfield and the new trio of Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes and Mario Lemina – I hope to see more of it moving forward.
“I really like Lemina and think he was a big positive from the game. He is building with each performance and impressed me again, I reckon he will be really important in offering balance to this Wolves team.
“Lemina brings experience as a 29-year-old, having played in England before, and it was a no-risk signing with the small fee (£10 million) he cost. He has definitely been better than I expected him to be.”
Mario Lemina will prove to be a great addition for Wolves after promising first two showings
Lemina has definitely looked good so far for Wolves.
Against West Ham United he got 20 minutes or so and offered steel and control.
At the Etihad, he worked hard against world-class opposition and was definitely one of Wanderers better performers on the day.
He could end up being one of Wolves’ best additions of the window.
He’s a midfield player who can do a bit of everything. And one gets the feeling Lopetegui will be turning to him quite a bit over the coming months.