If you look through Wolves’ squad and indeed their academy, they are incredibly lucky.
Why? Because their current crop of youngsters is arguably the best we’ve seen in the last decade. Morgan Gibbs-White is currently on loan at Swansea but in the summer, they brought the likes of Fabio Silva and Rayan Ait-Nouri to Molineux.
They are spoiled for choice when it comes to younger players, also possessing former Liverpool starlet Ki-Jana Hoever, someone with enormous potential.
Lest we forget Taylor Perry and Theo Corbeanu as well, the U23s top scorers this season. However, for now, we want to focus on a versatile individual who makes more of an impact in defensive situations.
The man in question is Austrian youth international Pascal Estrada, a teenager who can play at centre-back or midfield.
More naturally a defensive midfielder, he’s spent the 2020/21 season playing at the heart of defence for Wolves in Premier League 2. Whether that’s the best use of his talents remains to be seen, but there is already a firm belief he could be the heir to Joao Moutinho’s throne in the Midlands.
The experienced Portuguese has been a pillar of consistency since signing for Nuno Santo’s men but at the age of 35, he is in the twilight of his career. You feel as though someone like Moutinho could play for a long while yet but if they do want to make a change, they need to look no further than one of their own – Estrada.
Speaking in March 2019, the 18-year-old said: “Joao Moutinho plays a similar type of football to me. He has a lot of experience and has had some great performances at Molineux. He has everything, so intelligent and composed on the ball.”
So, we’ve heard it from the horse’s mouth, now he just needs to realise how far he can go in the game.
Estrada is yet to earn a senior call-up but it surely won’t be too long before we see the tall youngster on the first-team scene.
He battles hard and even pops up with the odd goal, scoring in a 3-0 win for the academy side over Fulham in November.
“My dream is to play in the Premier League. I’m loving every day right now,” Estrada commented last year.
It can’t be too long before we see the ball-playing midfielder in Nuno’s plans.