The Outdated Gold have put in some spectacular performances to this point below Gary O’Neil, who joined the facet simply 4 days earlier than their marketing campaign opener in opposition to Manchester United, nevertheless haven’t been capable of decide which method the outcomes have gone.
Solely three factors have been recorded from Wolves’ opening 5 fixtures, with a late 1-0 win at Everton the excessive level of the primary few weeks which have seen the facet miss out on factors regardless of inflicting menace.
A lot-needed gross sales have been sanctioned in the summertime to stability the books to stick to Monetary Truthful Play (FFP) restrictions, leaving the membership’s margin to exchange such abilities very small.
Because of this, O’Neil’s squad choices have been minimised, leaving room for abilities exterior the primary staff to hope to point out their value whereas the squad is in transition.
One star who might discover a method into the senior facet sooner or later is winger Fabian Reynolds, who joined Wolves’ academy in 2021 from AFC Kingston Youth.
Who’s Fabian Reynolds?
Deployed totally on the best wing, the 17-year-old has superior tremendously nicely within the Midlands to this point, seeing him excel via the ranks and earn minutes at U21 stage in addition to for the U18s.
Final season within the U18 Premier League, the ahead had a hand in 4 objectives, scoring two and helping two in 21 appearances within the 2022/23 marketing campaign for the Outdated Gold.
On the level of his signing for the Premier League facet, his former membership dubbed the ahead as “formidable”, saying on their official web site that he was “destined for greatness” after his performances previous to leaving.
At U13s stage, the 2006-born whiz scored a exceptional 39 objectives within the SYL Premier Division, demonstrating kind that hinted simply how a lot of a star he might in the future change into within the recreation.
What does Fabian Reynolds play like?
The winger has bought his 2023/24 marketing campaign off to a robust begin, scoring a terrific solo purpose most not too long ago in opposition to Derby in the course of the U18s thrilling 3-2 win.
If the difficult teen can proceed his rise via the ranks and have one other spectacular season for Wolves, there might be a niche within the squad for the teen to thrive in senior environment, with him exhibiting indicators of getting a ability set much like a not too long ago departed favorite.
Adama Traore bid farewell to Molineux this summer time after a five-year affiliation with the membership, forsaking a niche within the vast menace division in his absence.
In his final marketing campaign, the Spaniard ranked within the high 5% of wingers within the Premier League for his one-on-one menace, averaging 2.95 profitable take-ons per 90 to claim his dominance going ahead, as per FBref.
As highlighted within the purpose he scored in opposition to Derby simply final week, Reynolds has strengths to his recreation much like these of the dazzling dribbler that’s Traore, giving O’Neil the potential to have the inheritor to the harmful winger inside the membership’s ranks already.
Wolves’ monetary conditions might see the membership decide to advertise extra youth prospects as a substitute for being lively within the switch window, making this season one for O’Neil to reap some unearthed gems within the academy.