I don’t know if I’d bet the house on all these players in the Premier League just yet, but this was mightily promising.
There were 9 changes from Nuno as our illustrious leader finally flexed the muscle of his senior squad to give the breadwinners a breather.
And that squad seems infinitely beefier having now seen what some of those understudies have in the locker.
Patrick Cutrone seems like £20 million well spent with the touch and intelligence to suggest he’ll fit in nicely.
His precision control and cross for Pedro Neto was the game-changing moment as Wolves finally went through the gears.
Neto could be the bonus ball of the summer shopping spree if this outing was anything to go by. Pace, trickery and intelligent use of possession mark him out as another great find.
Nuno is obviously a fan having integrated the 20-year old into his plans from the outset.
Vallejo should be a slam dunk hit, but he can count his lucky stars to have made it through the 90 after scything down an attacker when already on a yellow.
That’s a definite sending off in the Premier League and I’m surprised the referee showed such clemency.
The Spaniard was largely untroubled outside of that and seemed to ease into things the longer the game went on.
Max Kilman was similarly comfortable for the most part aside from a few jittery defensive moments early doors while Pyunik were still committing bodies forward.
Hard to find too much fault though and given that this was his proper competitive debut he can feel satisfied with his evening’s work.
Man of the Match for me was Traore, despite a trademark shank into the Billy Wright when teeing off from inside the penalty area.
There’s so much expectancy every time he gets the ball but tonight he set up one goal and constantly disrupted their backline with driving runs and crosses. You can’t ask for much more.
Vinagre was just as dangerous on the opposite side and looks physically stronger and more assured than he’s ever done. What a luxury to have in reserve.
A word too for Gibbs-White who finally got that elusive first competitive goal for Wolves. His confidence ballooned after finding the net in what had been an uneven performance up to that point. We still need more from him, which is a compliment to a guy who doesn’t turn 20 until the end of January.
It was slightly surprising to see Jota and Jimenez stripping off for the final 20, but I suppose Nuno wanted to sharpen the knives ready for Monday night.
If that was the aim consider it mission accomplished after that sublime Jota scissor kick to round off the scoring from a smart Jimenez scoop.
Comfortable, serene progress then as the good times keep on rolling.
It’s off to Turin next week for a proper European cup tie. Whoever Nuno picks, I won’t be betting against them.