With Nelson Semedo out for the rest of the season, Ki-Jana Hoever out of favour and Jonny reportedly unhappy at playing as a right wing-back, as per Nathan Judah, Wolves manager Bruno Lage may turn to an unlikely replacement in Old Gold youngster Dexter Lembikisa.
The 18-year-old is yet to feature for Wolves’ first team, with his closest encounter seeing him make the bench against Sheffield United in the FA Cup back in January.
Having started the campaign with the under-18s, Lembikisa’s displays have seen him move up to the under-23s, for whom the left-back has featured 19 times in Premier League 2, contributing one goal and two assists.
The Old Gold youth product has been dubbed a top player by under-18s manager Steve Davis, who said of the starlet (as per Molineux News): “He’s a top player. He’s showing in a very short space of time how good and how quickly he can improve and develop. He’s a great example to the other lads.”
Lembikisa’s performances for the under-23s have also warranted plaudits from their manager Jamie Collins.
The teenager’s current trajectory could see him make the grade at the Molineux in the near future, and a cameo in the first team under Lage could help the youngster to kickstart his professional career.
Whilst Lembikisa will be hoping for a chance to shine in Lage’s team, the Old Gold are aiming to make up ground in their quest to deliver European football to Molineux next season.
They face Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool in three of their last four fixtures, so the 45-year-old may not feel that the time is right to chuck the youngster into the starting XI. Howerver, depending on Wolves’ points total at the time, the match against already-relegated Norwich could see him feature.
Either way, remember the name – Dexter Lembikisa.