I wonder how many of the players that started this semi-routine victory have a realistic chance of getting into first team contention?
One definite is Adama Traore.
Our record signing drifted in and out of the action but was ultimately devastating in a ten minute purple patch that won the game.
There were warning signs before he waltzed through the Owls defence to setup Leo Bonatini for his first goal in nearly 24 hours of football, but as Wednesday discovered once he gets going there’s pretty much no stopping him.
The player he’ll have to dislodge from the side is the man who scored the other goal who funnily enough is starting to show improved form.
Having won and scored the penalty after a solid display against Man City at the weekend, it would feel harsh for Helder Costa to lose his place, but you couldn’t blame Nuno for turning to a player of Traore’s obvious capability as Wolves hunt a first Premier League victory.
Morgan Gibbs-White was the other player who caught the eye, occupying advanced positions and going close on three occasions, twice when he probably should have scored and once where he was desperately unfortunate not to find the net.
He’s an interesting player and no doubt someone the head coach will be turning to when more attacking impetus is required from central areas. His progression over the summer has been significant.
Eyes were invariably on Leander Dendoncker, who nestled in alongside Conor Coady in a fairly strong defensive lineup that were seldom troubled from open play, making it difficult to confidently assess his credentials.
But with 90 minutes in his legs he moves a step closer to challenging and as Kevin Thelwell commented the other day, he can be useful in a number of positions.
It’s definitely a longer game for fellow debutants Elliot Watt, Pedro Goncalves and Benny Ashley-Seal but all did themselves justice in their first senior outings for the club, particularly Watt who was given the ultimate vote of confidence with a starting place.
With Kortney Hause included in the side and Danny Batth not even in the squad, it paints a fairly obvious picture of which of the backup defenders will likely be hanging around for the season.
Much like Dendoncker it’s hard for Hause to stake a realistic claim in such a routine night at the races, but he’ll hang around and hope for a Premier League debut at some point.
It’s the same story for John Ruddy who made a couple of smart saves to return with a cleansheet. No matter what he does in the cup competitions he’s relying on injury or a serious loss of form from Rui Patricio to open the gates.
Vinagre is a player who can certainly force his own way into the side and with Matt Doherty not playing to his best in recent weeks he’ll have picked up the scent of opportunity.
Another very tidy outing last night coupled with decent cameos against Everton and City will have put him right at the forefront of Nuno’s thoughts.
Leo Bonatini is rarely forgotten about by his coach either and the Brazilian reminded everyone he can do damage inside the area as well as out of it by confidently tucking away Traore’s cutback.
He deserved that break of the ball and with confidence hopefully restored can keep Raul Jimenez on his toes in the weeks and months to come.
With serene progress in the competition, it will be interesting to see what constitutes our reserve side by the time the next round comes along.