Wolverhampton Wanderers host Reading tonight in the EFL Cup. It will be a welcome distraction for Nuno Espirito Santo after a disappointing start to the season. But with a heavy schedule of fixtures, changes are expected.
Last night, Wolves U21s fielded a weakened side for their game. Nuno dropped a major selection hint as five Wolves academy regulars were not present. John Kitolano is an injury doubt but four others could be in line to make their debuts against Reading tonight.
Sanderson is a versatile defender who operates at either centre-back or at right-back. This makes him an ideal candidate to be used as a ball-playing centre-half on either side of the back-three.
Alternatively, the 19-year-old could be used as a wing-back (or as a full-back if Nuno changes to a back-four). Sanderson is yet to make his first-team debut but he has been on the bench in the Europa League and tonight could be his chance.
Young midfielder Perry has been exciting Wolves fans with his midfield performances this season. He operates centrally and has a real attacking threat to his game.
With two goals already this season, the 18-year-old has clearly caught Nuno’s eye. The local lad was heavily involved with Nuno’s squad in pre-season and he could make his competitive debut tonight – probably off the bench.
Wolves signed highly-rated midfielder Shabani from Bayern Munich in the summer. The Germany youth international is an attacking midfielder who has already struck two goals for the U23s since joining.
With plenty of fixtures ahead, Nuno might rotate his squad to keep his attacking players fresh. Shabani, 20, is definitely in with a shout of making his senior bow for Wolves.
Jordao is another midfielder how joined in the summer. The Portugal U21 starlet signed from Braga after spending time on loan at Lazio last season. He is already impressing in the West Midlands.
Despite being relatively new to English football, the 20-year-old is thriving in a midfield role. He has scored in his last two outings which could prompt Nuno into having a closer look.