'Plenty of ability': Wolves coach raves about teenager's 'excellent' U23 debut

A general view of Molineux before the Capital One Cup First Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newport County at Molineux on August 11, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers brought Enzo Loiodice to the Premier League in January in a potential £2m deal from Ligue 1 outfit Dijon.

Enzo Loiodice of France passes the ball during the FIFA U-20 World Cup match between France and USA on June 4, 2019 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

January signing Enzo Loiodice is already turning heads at Wolverhampton Wanderers with U23 coach James Collins hailing an impressive debut performance from the Dijon loanee, in quotes reported by the Birmingham Mail.

The Paris-born 19-year-old is not your average Premier League reserve.

Loiodice arrived at Wolves last month with 21 appearances in the French top flight under his belt. So it should be no surprise that the former Dijon regular stood out, head and shoulders above the rest, as Wolves’ U23s beat non-league Leamington 2-0 on Wednesday night.

 

“I thought he was excellent. He looked like an experienced pro out on the pitch, which is a good sign for a young player,” Collins said of the France U20 international.

“He looks like he has plenty of ability, playing a lot of through balls and playing people through the lines and I thought he looked like he knew the role well, knows the game well and shows good game understanding, so I was really pleased with him.”

Bordeaux's Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil (L) vies with Dijon's French midfielder Enzo Loiodice (R) during the French Ligue 1 football match between Dijon (DFCO) and Bordeaux on November...

Loiodice already looks a perfect fit at Wolves, whose second string play in the same 3-5-2 system that Nuno Espirito Santo prefers at first-team level. The technically gifted teenager shone in his central midfield role, dictating the temp of the game with his excellent passing range and notable composure in possession.

And with Nuno handing first-team debuts to the likes of Owen Otasowie, Oskar Buur, Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao in recent months, Loiodice is almost certain to get his chance sooner rather than later.

The Birmingham Mail adds that Wolves have the option to make his loan deal permanent for £2 million next summer.

head coach Bernard Diomede of France speaks with Enzo Loiodice of France during the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup Round of 16 match between France and USA at Zdzislaw-Krzyszkowiak-Stadion on...

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