In amongst the spending and mass import of players at Wolves over the past two years, there is a phenomenal young academy prospect waiting in the wings.
Niall Ennis has been highly touted at the club but several factors have played a part in the striker’s career stalling.
The 19-year-old could easily have featured on a regular basis for the senior team by now but is instead tearing it up at U23 level this term after a succession of injuries.
He is a natural goal scorer and the type of player who would compliment Raul Jimenez perfectly, such is the crafty nature of the player.
Given how Diogo Jota has been playing alongside him, it’s a role we could see Ennis featuring in as well in the not too distant future. Both are of similar stature so would work well alongside their record signing.
But Ennis will be more focused on the present with the club’s U23 side gunning for promotion this term. When they take on Stoke in Premier League 2 at Molineux next Monday, they’ll have a chance to go one step closer to replicating a similar success to their senior team from last year.
And Ennis will have a major say in whether they can achieve that and his performances to date demonstrate he has what it takes.
An England youth international, the forward has scored an impressive eight goals in 18 league matches. Four of those have come as the lead striker, the other four from the left flank. His versatility, therefore, is something that could benefit the first team greatly.
In fact, he’s made one first-team appearance in his fledgeling career to date. Albeit a substitute appearance from the bench, but it’s an encouraging sign for a player who has had a breakthrough 2019 so far.
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Perhaps the most impressive aspect of his game is his mentality. During the 2016/17 campaign, he suffered a broken fibula and then also suffered a knee injury whilst on loan at Shrewsbury last season. It was a problem that cut short his spell after just two matches.
But, the youngster is now firmly back in the frame, and after a productive season for the U23s should be ready to make a similar step that fellow academy product Morgan Gibbs-White has made this season.