Former Wolves defender Andy Thompson heaps praises on youngster Rayan Ait-Nouri
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Former Wolves defender Andy Thompson heaps praises on youngster Rayan Ait-Nouri

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Andy Thompson expressed his delight at Rayan Ait-Nouri's performances following his debut for the club.

Ait-Nouri scored the first goal after 18 minutes of action before Daniel Podence found the back of the net to give Wolves a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

Thompson who made 451 career appearances for the Molineux outfit affirmed that the youngster boasts quality and believes he will continue to make a difference in Nuno Espirito Santo's squad this season.

“I thought he grew into the game. As the game went on, he just got better and better,” Thompson said.

“It was a good debut for him and it looks promising. I noticed how he kept things simple early on, didn’t try to force things.

“Then the longer the game went on, he grew in confidence. That was definitely on show, and he was able to top it off with a goal, and it was a great strike.
 
“It sat up nicely for him, but he finished it well with a lot of accuracies.”

Thompson also touched on Nelson Semedo's performance and added that he was impressed by his flair and how he was a massive threat to the opposition.

“That was Semedo’s best game since he’s come in as well. He played really well,” he said.
 
“You could see he was trying to get deliveries into the box early.

“He was a bit quieter in the second half, but he was causing a lot of problems early on.”

The former defender was also asked about his overall thoughts on the duo: “A lot of our play comes from those areas, the wing-backs giving you that width.

“Semedo, in the first half, pushed down that right and, to be fair, Conor Coady and Ruben Neves kept finding him with brilliant passes.

“It’s encouraging and they’ve got competition as well, which is what you need. That should keep driving the pair of them forward.”

Source: Express & Star

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