Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to Bristol City on Sunday for an FA Cup fifth round clash.
Wolves are currently enjoying a fine first campaign back in the Premier League, following their promotion from the Championship last season. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo works with a relatively small squad at Molineux and will be hoping to take this opportunity to rotate his side a little.
The Portuguese coach will still be desperate to see his side progress though, and some of his lesser used players must be ready to take this opportunity to force their way into the starting XI reckoning on a more regular basis.
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According to Transfermarkt’s records, only 18 different players have featured for Wolves so far in the Premier League this season – less than any other team in the division. This demonstrates how much faith Nuno has in his core group, and how hard it can be to break into the Wolves starting XI.
Sunday’s FA Cup clash may see Nuno hand rare starts to the likes of Adama Traore, Morgan Gibbs-White, Ivan Cavaleiro, Ruben Vinagre and Leander Dendoncker.
All of the above have featured in the league this season, but primarily from the bench. For instance, since his club record £18 million arrival in the summer, 23-year-old attacker Traore has only started six Premier League games.
Similarly, Cavaleiro, who was so integral to the club’s promotion last season, has only accrued five league starts this term.
These second string stars will be keen to force their way into the limelight under Nuno, and the manager would be wise to give them a chance to prove their quality against Bristol City.