As a Wolves supporter, you currently have plenty to moan about. They have seen their side win just two of their last ten outings and the pressure is now ramping up on Nuno Santo.
Though, Chorley fans will tell them they are merely lucky to be in the Premier League.
The Lancashire side are currently in the National League North, six steps below Wolves in the football pyramid but they will welcome the top-flight side to their home on Friday evening for a historic FA Cup tie.
Wolves travel to the north of England in a bid to avoid a repeat of the 1986/87 season when Chorley’s gang of £25-per-week players knocked them out of the cup.
It would be a spectacular turn of events if the Old Gold lost again, and given their recent run of form it’s certainly possible.
As a result, Nuno could look to use a pretty strong XI in a bid to play some of his starters into form. However, if he prefers a few of the young guns, he must look to none other than Theo Corbeanu.
The winger has been on the Wolves bench in recent weeks but is still yet to be handed his first-team debut.
The 18-year-old is a hot prodigy and it would be a richly deserved debut if he was afforded the chance at Chorley. Nuno’s side have had a busy schedule so it seems feasible to suggest that he could dislodge one of Adama Traore or Pedro Neto on the flanks.
Vitally, though, what would Corbeanu offer to the side? Well, we’ll let U23 boss James Collins do the talking. He said last year: “He’s athletic, tall, can head it, can defend, can dribble past people and score, he can shoot, he can pass, he’s both footed, he’s got a bit of everything.”
Collins continued: “Theo can be anything he wants to be. He’s an outstanding prospect.”
With those types of qualities, he simply has to be unleashed against a weak opposition such as Chorley. You only need to look at his statistics in the EFL Trophy this term against League One and League Two opposition to understand how he could take a non-league side to the cleaners.
Corbeanu has managed 1.8 key passes per game, as well as registering 2.3 successful dribbles. For context, only Pedro Neto (1.9) has managed more key passes a match in Wolves’ Premier League side. Meanwhile, only Traore and Nelson Semedo trump the Canadian in terms of take-ons.
He is clearly a talented player and with Wolves needing to rest players, they have to unleash the teenager on Friday evening. He is too good to be continuously ignored by the manager.