Speaking on a recent episode of the Football Writers Podcast, Michael Calvin discussed Wolverhampton Wanderers’ defender, Rayan Ait-Nouri.
Despite only arriving at Wolves from SCO Angers on a one-year loan deal in October, the 19-year-old has already made a significant impact for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
In the club’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace last week, which saw Ait-Nouri make his debut for the club, the £18 million-rated left-back highly impressed, scoring one goal, as well as making one tackle, one interception and two clearances, in addition to making a total of 51 passes in the match, all of which culminated in a WhoScored match rating of 8.04 – ranking him as the third-best player in the fixture.
The France U21 international was one topic of conversation on a recent episode of the Football Writers Podcast, in which Calvin discussed the 19-year-old’s debut, as well as stating his belief that Wolves will go on to make his loan deal a more permanent move in the future.
He said: “Rayan Ait-Nouri – he signed from Angers [with] no fanfare. Scouts that I know were raving about him, but in essence, he was their fourth-choice left wing-back.
“Now, one performance, one goal on his debut. He’s on loan, but there’s the option to buy for €15 million, which will definitely be taken up. So that does tell you that there is a lot of substance to that squad – if a kid – I think he’s 19 – can come in and make that impact, it means that there’s a real store of talent there.”
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TIF Thoughts on Michael Calvin’s comments regarding Rayan Ait-Nouri…
From Calvin’s comments, it is clear that the journalist is of the belief that the left-back was very highly rated by scouts prior to his move to Wolves, as well as the fact that, following his impressive debut performance against Palace, the club will definitely be taking up their €15 million (£13.52m) option to buy clause in the 19-year-old’s loan deal.
And, in our opinion, if Ait-Nouri carries on performing as he did against Crystal Palace, then €15 million (£13.52m) would be a very good price for the defender indeed.