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Wolves: Rayan Ait-Nouri struggled in defeat to Brighton

Wolves fell to a fourth defeat in five Premier League matches as Brighton comfortably won 3-0 at Molineux this afternoon.

A penalty from Alexis MacAllister, who had missed another spot-kick prior to scoring, and goals from Leandro Trossard and Yves Bissouma confirmed victory for the Seagulls, which sees the Old Gold’s hopes of qualifying for Europe suffer another hefty blow.

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Bruno Lage’s outfit are three points behind seventh-placed West Ham with four games to go. Securing a European place is still possible, but the major concern for Lage and the Molineux faithful will be the lack of goals, with just two in their last four games, having not found the net in any of their last three league matches.

No Wolves player could hold their head up high after today’s performance, but wing-back Rayan Ait-Nouri particularly struggled.

Ait-Nouri failed Lage today

The Frenchman made 65 touches throughout the 90 minutes, not a poor total by any means, but he lost the ball a whopping 25 times at a rate of once every 2.6 touches. Moreover, the left-wing-back only completed a third of his dribbles, whilst making just 21 successful passes at an accuracy of 72%.

Most of Ait-Nouri’s play came in his own half, but whenever the youngster flurried forward, there was little quality in the final third, with no shots and zero successful crosses out of nine attempted.

In fairness, the 20-year-old contributed defensively, making an impressive four tackles along with one interception and one clearance.

On the whole, however, the wing-back’s performance would certainly have frustrated him, his manager and the Wolves faithful on a day where it seemed that nothing could go right for the hosts.

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Described as “inconsistent” by journalist Tim Spiers last season, Ait-Nouri has struggled to shake off that label this term, with today being the 20-year-old’s third start in Wolves’ last nine matches, coming off of the bench for a brief cameo against Newcastle and remaining an unused substitute for the other five games.

In total, the youngster has made 19 Premier League appearances so far this season, contributing four assists. However, it seems as though he is yet to fully earn Lage’s trust, something that he will have to work hard to do over pre-season in order to beat Jonny Otto to a regular starting spot.

Overall, it was a day to forget for the Wolves passenger, who failed his manager with a wasteful performance.

AND in other news – Forget Marcal: Lage could sign perfect Wolves upgrade in “tremendous” £35k-p/w “beast”

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