Wolverhampton Wanderers news from Birmingham Live as Rayan Ait-Nouri discusses the Wolves manager and the recent upturn in form
Rayan Ait-Nouri is “very happy” with life at Wolverhampton Wanderers under boss Gary O’Neil. Ait-Nouri has impressed at wing-back of late, notably in the shock win over reigning champions and treble winners Manchester City, and the draw with Aston Villa.
The Algeria international says O’Neil has given him confidence and vowed to repay the faith the Wolves head coach has shown in him. Wolves went into the international break 14th in the Premier League table after collecting eight points from their opening eight fixtures.
Half of those have come in their past two outings, having stunned Man City 2-1 before holding fifth-placed local rivals Villa to a 1-1 draw at Molineux last time out. When the domestic action resumes on Saturday, Wolves visit O’Neil’s former club Bournemouth (3pm kick-off). Ait-Nouri is hoping to keep the momentum going after the two-week break.
“I was happy with the good atmosphere against City and Aston Villa, and taking four points is good,” the 22-year-old told the club’s official website. “Now we need to continue, and we need to keep going for the next game against Bournemouth. We did a good game against City, but it’s not enough. We have a good team, and now we need to do our best against Bournemouth.”
Asked about playing under O’Neil, who replaced Julen Lopetegui at the helm in August, Ait-Nouri replied: “I’m very happy. The gaffer has given me confidence and I want to do my best on the pitch to give confidence to the gaffer. I think I need to continue to improve and to develop my football. I’m happy now and I need to continue.
“We’ve played before like this, five at the back, so I know the position. It’s good because I can attack more. I need to stay focused defensively because I need to progress in this part. I enjoy attacking, shooting, and I have more chance to provide an assist or score.”
Reflecting on life at Wolves in general, Ait-Nouri added: “I’m very happy. I want to give my best for this club. I was very young when I came here and now I have more experience.
“I’ve had the chance to play in the best league in the world and I think it’s very good. I need to continue this process and progress. I want to give the best of myself in front of the fans and gaffer.”