Oskar Buur believes the improvements in his game since becoming a member of the Wolves first-team squad have set him up perfectly for the next chapter of his career.
The 22-year-old stepped up from Wolves Academy to the first-team last January and has been constantly learning and developing ever since, by training and playing alongside Nuno Espirito Santo’s group every day.
Buur - who scored on his Wolves debut against Hull City in the club’s Championship-winning campaign - has, in recent months, made his Europa League and Premier League bows.
But with the arrival of Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana Hoever meaning game time at Wolves could be limited this season, the Dane is eyeing opportunities further afield to gain first-team minutes.
With options on offer from the UK and abroad, loans and pathways manager Seyi Olofinjana is working on finding the perfect loan move for Buur’s development, with a view to returning to Wolves’ first-team a more experienced player.
On growing in the first-team
“I think I’ve definitely grown as a player since training with the first-team and working with so many great players.
“It was a big step when I moved up to the first-team, and I think it took some time to adapt, but now I’m here, I’ve improved a lot so it was a good step for me. 100 per cent I’ve grown; being away from home, I’ve improved not just my football, but also developed myself as a person.”
On improving at both ends
“It’s been really good to be working under Nuno. To train and learn from him over the last 12 months has helped me improve a lot. I’ve improved defensively, in general play and offensively, so it’s really helped me being part of the first-team.
“It’s an ideal system at Wolves because you have to be good both ways. You can’t only be good defensively because then you won’t be in the build-up play, and the way we play, that’s actually really important.”
On learning from the senior players
“It’s been really helpful, especially last season when Doc was here. I could look at him every day, see how he played and learn from him, how he played as a right-wing-back like me. It was really helpful to improve.
“I’ve learned from the whole team. We have players like Moutinho, whose won a lot, and we have Coady who played for the England national team. It’s the whole team that’s been really good and you can learn from all of them.”
On proudest moments at Wolves
“There’s been a few. The latest one was my debut in the Premier League. I’d looked forward to that moment for some time because I’d trained well, every day with the first-team, so it was really good to get that one.
“Also, in my first year I made my debut in the Championship and scored against Hull – that was an unforgettable memory. It was the first time I got a feeling for how the first-team was, to play in a big stadium, with a lot of fans.
“Then I have my first start in the Europa League last December, where I assisted Jota in the win – they’re the three highlights for me.”
On what’s next
“I hope the next step for me is to find a club where I can get some regular playing time and gain more experience to improve even more as a footballer. That’s what I’m looking forward to.
“I’ve been in a Premier League first-team and improved, and learned a lot from the people here, now I want to go forward and get regular playing time and experience to improve, and help another team achieve their aims.
“I want to be at a club where I can play regularly at the top level and contribute. It’s been good so far, but now I think the age I am, and where I am in my career, I need to play and I’m looking forward to it.”