Nuno has found Coady heir in "exceptional" Wolves teen "obsessed with getting better" – opinion
Wolves’ decision to sell Diogo Jota this summer did raise a few eyebrows, but at the very least, they may have received their next Conor Coady in return.
The Portuguese destroyer swapped Molineux for Anfield in a £45m deal in September with the Old Gold managing to clinch promising young defender Ki-Jana Hoever for just £10m, as per Sky Sports.
However, the 18-year-old sensation is yet to make a start in the Premier League for the club, though he has come off the bench against West Ham and Fulham.
Hoever has also featured twice for the U23s in the EFL Trophy, both of which the young Wolf Pack side won.
Despite being utilised primarily as a right wing-back throughout his short career to date, it is thought that the teenager will be bred into a centre-back by Nuno Santo.
He’s got a proven track record of doing that too with former Reds’ midfielder Coady becoming the ball-playing defender in this current system.
You could also argue the same for Romain Saiss, who has filled in both centrally and on the left when injuries have struck.
Upon his arrival, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi waxed lyrical about his potential, he said: “Ki is a young player who can play both centre-back and right-back, with high potential to become a top footballer. Ki is a talent we have bought for the long-term future, but can also give the first team a fresh and potent option immediately.”
Whilst The Athletic’s Liverpool correspondent James Pearce’s comments further emphasise why Nuno should trust him long-term through the middle, claiming that the young colossus was “exceptional” against Paris Saint-Germain back in November 2018.
The £6.3m-rated Dutchman signed a five-year deal when arriving in the Midlands this summer, so he’s clearly going to be one for the future and by the time that contract enters it’s final years, Coady will be entering the twilight years past 30.
Therefore, Nuno must slowly groom Hoever into the role just like he did with the Englishman when first arriving on the scene in 2017.
Reds academy director Alex Inglethorpe once claimed that the emerging starlet was “obsessed with getting better,” so that’ll bode well for Nuno’s chances of successfully pulling this off.
If that’s the case, then Molineux could well be in safe hands post-Coady.
AND in other news, Wolves could unearth the next Lewandowski for just £4.5m…
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