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Rayan Ait-Nouri will have given Lopetegui a selection headache at Wolves

Rayan Ait-Nouri was the hero of the hour yesterday, as Wolves beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park.

Julen Lopetegui oversaw his first Premier League match for Wanderers at Goodison Park.

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Having beaten Gillingham in the Carabao Cup, it was all about following it up with a win in the league.

And Wolves gave supporters a late Christmas present, with Ait-Nouri scoring in the 95th minute to ensure the points.

Wolves showed great character to win yesterday.

It was a very poor start, with Yerry Mina heading in from a corner.

But Daniel Podence equalised by converting a magnificent Joao Moutinho through ball.

A draw would probably have been a fair result in the end. Wolves did not play well, and it was Everton that had more chances.

But Wolves, for once, showed a greater clinical edge than their opponents.

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And Ait-Nouri took his goal extremely well, considering the pressure he was under.

The Frenchman has been out of the team recently following the rise of Bueno.

But yesterday, he played liked a man determined to steal his shirt back.

The £10 million star provided an immediate threat for the visitors, and he did so well with the goal. The way he sprinted full pelt to get into the box to get on the end of Traore’s cross was brilliant.

Without doubt he will have given Lopetegui a major headache for the next game against Manchester United.

Rayan Ait-Nouri has surely given Lopetegui something to think about moving forwards after Everton cameo

Bueno has hardly put a foot wrong since coming into the starting XI at Wolves.

But yesterday the Spaniard probably had his worst outing.

He was easily outmuscled by Mina for their goal. Although perhaps he should never have been marking him in the first place.

And he did look a bit shaky during his time on the pitch. Everton’s pressing was good and it did unsettle Bueno a little at times.

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By contrast, Ait-Nouri was full of confidence and seemed determined to make an impact.

Perhaps he was buoyed by his goal against Gillingham. Maybe he’s fed up of being on the bench.

Whatever his catalyst, he will surely have given Lopetegui a selection headache.