With a good mix of youngsters on display for Wolverhampton Wanderers during our pre-season preparations out in China as we competed in the Premier League Asia Trophy – sorry, that should be took a fantastic penalty victory over Manchester City in the competition – a number of youngsters caught the eyes of fans.
Whether it was Dion Sanderson, Morgan Gibbs-White or the other lads that were on show across the games against Newcastle United and City, the Academy graduates did us proud and certainly took their praise for the parts they played, and with head coach Nuno Espirito Santo speaking about his desire to do a ‘bunch of business’ this transfer window, whilst also operating with a tight knit bunch of players for team spirit purposes, as he spoke about our victory to the Official Website after the game, he couldn’t have been more delighted with the impression our youngsters made on him.
“Now we go home, we prepare ourselves for Thursday, then we have to make decisions. We’re still building the squad, but the young boys will always be back-ups. The way they performed helped us, it was important that they had minutes, as well as the first-team, so it’s a good process. The boys are here, they still have to develop and improve a lot and we go side by side with them, trying to be better players for the future.”
With Jeff Shi already talking about the ‘big challenge’ that Scott Sellars has in making the Academy ‘profitable’ our tour of Asia will have done him no harm either.