With Wolverhampton Wanderers gaining promotion to the Premier League as Championship title winners, last summer most fans eyes were on the high profile captures of the likes of Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio and Raul Jimenez as we looked to successfully adapt to the top flight.
We certainly did that with an FA Cup Semi-Final run and finishing in seventh place in the league to ensure we have a Europa League adventure in the coming 2019/20 campaign, but we’ve also kept a youth focus and one of those to come in last August was Norwegian left back John Kitolano.
Few fans knew what to expect from the 19-year-old and he admits himself he’s had a difficult first year at the club, but he’s relishing the opportunity ahead of him and he has no regrets.
The young lad is out in Poland at the moment with the Norwegian Under 20 side and speaking to outlet via the Birmingham Mail he explained.
“It’s been okay, but could have gone better. I was hurt in the beginning, but the guys and the club welcomed me well. Towards the end of the season I started playing on the U23 team, but I wish I had got more playing time. The day-to-day training day is fine, I do not regret a second. Anyway, I am reasonably satisfied.”
Reflecting more on the last year and what might happen next season, he went on to say.
“The club wanted to wait until after the World Cup, because then we can sit down and work out whether I will go on loan or stay. I’m quite happy with the transition, and I’ve become a better person both on and off the pitch. I live alone and must fend for myself and I train with better players at a higher level. Many believe I have become stronger and faster. I feel I have grown bigger.”
Certainly sounds like he’s got his head screwed on.