Wolves are in the midst of a chase to secure European football for next season, with the Old Gold currently sitting eighth in the Premier League table with 40 points on the board from 26 games played.
However, one notable factor about their campaign so far is their lack of goals scored compared to other teams around them in the table, with just 24 throughout the entire campaign. Only Norwich City and Burnley (both of whom are in the relegation zone) have found the back of the net less often, prior to the Lancashire club’s league clash against Leicester City tonight.
With that in mind, now could be the right time for Bruno Lage to unleash one figure at the Midlands club who has yet to be given a shot in the first team.
Hailed as a player who “scores goals” by the club’s head of coaching and football operations Jonathan Hunter-Barrett, 17-year-old marksman Nathan Fraser recently put pen to paper on his first professional contract with Wolves, having risen through the club’s ranks over the past nine years.
Having scored six goals in 17 appearances for the Old Gold’s under-18 side, the teenager has now started to feature for the under-23 team, showing how keen the club have been to progress him through the youth ranks based on his talent.
Raul Jimenez has only netted five goals in 24 league games this season and Fabio Silva failed to make the most of his opportunity by failing to have one shot on target in 90 minutes during Wolves’ recent 1-0 defeat against West Ham United, so perhaps taking a punt on Fraser could be just what the team needs.
In a tweet from Tim Spiers relaying the news about the 17-year-old signing his first professional contract, the journalist described the attacker as “one to watch,” which goes to show just how exciting a prospect he is and what he could go on to achieve if given the chance to do so.
Moving forward, while he may benefit from playing some more minutes with the under-23s first, unleashing the teenager in the first team at some point in the coming months should be in Lage’s thoughts from now on.
Given how the 45-year-old has shown that he isn’t against testing players from the youth academy in the first team this season, with Luke Cundle getting some senior minutes under his belt for instance, Fraser could well be the next academy graduate in the team at some point.