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O’Neil might ditch Semedo to unleash “sensational” Wolves gem in 24/25

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Wolverhampton Wanderers might finish their season on a excessive by securing wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

This might not be sufficient to safe a high half end within the Premier League, however the indicators are there that Gary O’Neil is the correct man to take the Outdated Gold into a brand new period.

With the summer season switch window quick approaching, would possibly the supervisor have to maneuver on a couple of gamers to boost funds for potential signings?

O’Neil might promote a couple of of his gamers for a sizeable sum, however would possibly it’s Nelson Semedo who is likely one of the first gamers out the door?

Nelson Semedo’s season in numbers at Wolves

The defender has been utilised in a extra superior function this season as O’Neil tends to make use of a 3-5-2 formation regularly.

Semedo has missed just one Premier League match all season, in opposition to Arsenal final month, however he has registered simply two purpose contributions throughout 39 matches in all competitions.

Nelson Semedo’s stats within the Premier League this season

Objectives

0

Assists

1

Key passes per sport

0.7

Huge possibilities created

2

Profitable dribbles per sport

1.5

By way of Sofascore

The 30-year-old has featured with no consideration midfielder on quite a few events and these figures clearly point out that he isn’t providing a lot on the flank.

With simply one yr left on his present deal, the Molineux aspect might actually money in on him this summer season because it represents their final actual likelihood to financial institution an honest switch charge for him – as journalist Liam Eager has just lately instructed.

Discussing the futures of Semedo – and Pablo Sarabia – the insider said: “At their ages, they may most likely each go and get, notably Semedo, a three-year deal at a membership that’s going to provide them good cash. Mainly a ‘final massive transfer’ state of affairs. If that was the correct transfer I feel all events could be open to it for each gamers, however extra in Semedo’s case.

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The excellent news? O’Neil wouldn’t must splash the money on a substitute as there’s a participant out on mortgage who has shone for his or her non permanent aspect this season – Ki-Jana Hoever.

Ki-Jana Hoever’s statistics this season

In September 2020, Wolves accomplished the signing of the then 18-year-old from Liverpool in a deal price round £10m as Nuno Espírito Santo appeared so as to add some younger expertise to his squad.

Over the subsequent three seasons, the Dutchman would make simply 25 appearances for Wolves, spending time on mortgage at PSV Eindhoven after which Stoke Metropolis, which prolonged into the entire of the 2023/24 marketing campaign.

ki-jana-hoever

Hailed as “sensational” by Jurgen Klopp in 2019, it has taken a couple of years for the defender to stay as much as this reward, but he shone for Stoke this time period.

Throughout 44 matches in all competitions, the 22-year-old scored 4 instances whereas grabbing 5 assists, with all however one coming from the right-back slot, exhibiting how spectacular he has been bursting ahead throughout video games.

Not solely that, however the former Liverpool gem additionally created six massive possibilities and averaged 0.9 key passes per sport within the Championship, alongside succeeding with 55% of his dribble makes an attempt.

These figures clearly present a participant who is ready to create possibilities from defence and will actually be good successor to Semedo, particularly relating to how poor the latter man’s attacking stats are from the present marketing campaign.

Hoever has failed to actually get a lot of an opportunity at Wolves, however his spell on mortgage at Stoke might actually give O’Neil a licence for him to unleash the teen as his beginning right-back for 2024/25 when it comes.

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