'Baller'; Portsmouth fans are loving Wolves loanee Connor Ronan

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo celebrates winning the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Brentford at Molineux on January 2, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

Connor Ronan struggled for chances at Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers, so headed to League One Portsmouth in January.

 

Connor Ronan of Wolverhampton is challenged by Will Grigg of Wigan during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Molineux on February 14, 2017...

Wolverhampton Wanderers suffered their worst defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon, when they were thrashed 4-1 by Midland rivals Aston Villa.

But at least the performance of highly-rated academy graduate Connor Ronan, who is currently on loan at League One Portsmouth, gave the supporters a reason to enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

"Connor Ronan's was a good as debut as I've seen from a young player,” former Wolves boss Paul Lambert told the Express and Star after the quick-footed midfielder made his first start in a draw with Sheffield Wednesday in January 2017.

“It took me a millisecond to see how good he was."

Dan Burn of Wigan challenges Connor Ronan of Wolverhampton during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic at Molineux on February 14, 2017 in...

On Saturday’s evidence, Portsmouth fans will know exactly what Lambert is talking about. The 19-year-old played only 29 minutes of football for Wolves in the first half of the season, with Jorge Mendes’ big-name clients limiting his opportunities - but he is seizing his chance at Fratton Park.

Ronan hasn’t scored a goal yet for Kenny Jackett’s side and hasn’t been a regular starter either, but showed the supporters what he’s all about as he emerged as a rare bright spark in the disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Gillingham on Saturday.

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Portsmouth at Sixfields on September 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Ronan was lively throughout, clipping the post with a genius free-kick and was - in truth, the only player to emerge from the defeat with his reputation enhanced.

The 19-year-old is one of the most exciting youngsters in Wolves’ ranks, but time will tell whether he will get his opportunity at Molineux with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side spending big in the transfer market in the summer.

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