Wolves boss Nuno praises Semedo's smooth transition to Premier League


(Reuters) - Wolverhampton Wanderers' new signing Nelson Semedo has adapted well to the rigours and demands of the Premier League but the defender has room for improvement, manager Nuno Espirito Santo said on Friday.

Semedo, 26, joined Wolves from La Liga club Barcelona in the close season for 30 million euros ($35.52 million) as a replacement for Matt Doherty who made the switch to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Portuguese full back has since played three times for Wolves, which included two clean sheets in consecutive wins over Fulham and Leeds United.

"He's done well, but it's hard," Nuno said of Semedo, who won two Spanish league titles, a Copa del Rey and a Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona.

"I think it's very difficult for all the players that come from other countries to accommodate fast to the Premier League, to the demands of the Premier League, the quality of the players they face, but Nelson is doing well.

"Of course, like everybody, he has things to improve."

Wolves have three victories from their opening five league games to sit sixth in the standings but Nuno said he expects a "tough and demanding" game against Newcastle United, 13th, on Sunday.

"Newcastle has a good manager in Steve Bruce," Nuno said. "They are a very tough opponent and all the matches we've had against Newcastle were very competitive, very intense, and we expect the same for Sunday.

"It's very early in the competition to establish any kind of difference between teams. I think every team is improving, every team is taking time and needs time.

"So as the competition goes by, it will be much harder, because the standards will grow."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Football

Botafogo fire Diaz after three weeks and no games in charge
Klopp says return of fans a small step in right direction
Real's Zidane hits out at fixture schedule as injuries mount
Hasselbaink says Tottenham more likely title winners than Chelsea
Reaction from club managers to the death of Maradona
Former England international Lescott joins fourth division Murcia
Liverpool's Robertson launches kids charity in Scotland
Return of fans policy unfair, says Leeds Bielsa
Soccer-Man Utd working with cyber agency after 'disruptive' attack
Man Utd working with cyber agency after ‘disruptive’ attack

Stories You'll Enjoy