There’s nothing more beautiful than potential being realised.
Matt Doherty is a valid example. He looks like he’s hit his stride since Christmas, performing consistently at a level beyond his previous best.
At 24 and with plenty of experience to draw on, he’s now coming into the best years of his career, which I hope are spent at Wolves.
The same could be said of our midfield trio.
Jack Price (23), Connor Coady (23) and George Saville (22) have all demonstrated growth of late and their future development is likely the reason Kevin McDonald is sitting it out.
The big Scot must have been itching to get on against his former club today, but with his junior colleagues performing admirably against the league leaders, he could only watch from the sidelines.
Both Price and Saville came close to giving Wolves the lead as they turned up the heat either side of half time after weathering an early onslaught.
It was then fitting – but against the run of play – that Sam Vokes put Burnley ahead.
Fitting because he was a player who always demonstrated great potential at Wolves but perhaps didn’t get the chances he deserved at a time where developing youth wasn’t high on the agenda.
These days it’s front and center, a fact demonstrated by the average age of our team being significantly lower than every other team in the league.
But many of these young players aren’t inexperienced kids anymore.
Beyond those already mentioned, look at Dominic Iorfa and Kortney Hause. Both just 20 years of age and with well over a season’s worth of Championship football under their belt already.
They could both go on another level next season and be the building blocks on which a serious top six tilt is constructed.
The returning Jed Wallace (himself only 21) looks immediately better for his spell of first team football at Millwall and played well up until his withdrawal through injury (typical).
If nothing else, today’s result, along with the gutsy (if not particularly attractive) performances we’ve seen against Blues, Derby and Bristol City show that this young team can’t be easily pushed over.
What they’re lacking is the devilment in the final third to really hurt the opposition in the spells in which they’re in the ascendancy.
Perhaps that will come next season when a (fingers crossed) fully fit Nouha Dicko is added to the armory?
Similarly there’s Jordan Graham to consider and even without his considerable talents, the emerging Connor Hunte who could yet be just as good.
And we haven’t even spoken of the conveyor belt of talent rolling out of our under 18s this year or the clutch of experienced pros who should return to the fold.
Danny Batth came all the way through the system of course, so it felt poignant today that he thundered home the late header that rescued a much deserved point, for his burgeoning team.
It feels like a difficult time to be supporting a club drifting towards a mediocre finish, but I just wonder if next season we may look back on this period as being the start of better things.
Exciting times ahead for sure – if potential is realised.