Wolves boss Nuno Santo is surely rueing loaning out Ivan Cavaleiro

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.

Wolves have refound their magic touch after securing three straight wins in all competitions with the latest being an outstanding shock victory up in Manchester.

Nuno Santo’s men travelled to the reigning Premier League champions and did a job on them, coming away with all three points and a clean sheet.

Adama Traore’s brace inside the final ten minutes was enough to snatch a victory and sink Pep Guardiola’s side even further behind Liverpool in the table.

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One of their key players, Diogo Jota, has been absent for much of this little winning run, which means there has been an opportunity for other players to stake their claim amongst the starting XI.

Pedro Neto originally looked to do exactly that with an excellent performance against Watford, but he wasn’t even named in the squad against City.

Patrick Cutrone was given a rare start alongside Raul Jimenez and put in a woeful showing that included a 6.34 rating from WhoScored as well as two unsuccessful touches.

Meanwhile, over in the Championship, another one of their contracted players seems to be lighting up the league as Ivan Cavaleiro bagged his fourth goal of the season.

That’s on top of his three assists and three Man of the Match awards too.

The 25-year-old played a considerable part in their Championship-winning campaign back in 2018 by scoring nine times and assisting 12, and he’s well on track to surpass that for Scott Parker’s Cottagers.

He was hardly given a chance in the Premier League last term, starting just six matches, but he still netted on three occasions.

Cavaleiro could have been the man to fill the void left behind by the absent Portuguese winger.

One Wolves fan thinks he’s pinpointed the moment when they went from EPL strugglers to “peak Barcelona 2011” in the video below…

Also this season, the ex-Monaco man is averaging 2.2 key passes and 2 dribbles per game, which would put him first in the Wolves squad for the former and third in the side for the latter.

So, maybe Nuno is regretting the decision to have sent him out on loan because he’s certainly playing like a guy with a point to prove.

Considering Wolves have lacked depth, he may have still been a useful member of the side.

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