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Wolves boss proud of star defender

Gary O’Neil has praised the ‘incredible season’ of Wolves star Rayan Ait-Nouri.

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Rayan Ait-Nouri of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates scoring his team's first goal (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images).

With injury issues plaguing the side, the defender has popped up with three goals in four games and earned Wolves a point at Burnley on Tuesday.

Although O’Neil was left wanting more after Ait-Nouri’s two big misses against Villa and Burnley, he was full of praise for the 22-year-old.

“He’s doing unbelievably well with the changes in the different areas that we’re asking him to pop up in,” O’Neil said. “Then occasionally, not very often, but occasionally, he looks like a left-back. Unfortunately, those two times have been when he’s six yards out with just the goalie to beat.

“But it was an unbelievable performance from him again.