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Who is Bendeguz Bolla? Things to know about the Wolves defender

Max Parsons
Bendeguz Bolla in action
Bendeguz Bolla in action /
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There's a fresh face in the Wolves dugout this season, with Bruno Lage replacing Nuno Espirito Santo.

And the new boss hasn't been holding back in bringing in some other new names to Molineux with him. The club have already announced the signings of Yerson Mosquera from Atletico Nacional and the gifted Francisco Trincao from Barcelona - and now another new signing has been announced.

The third fresh face at Wolves this summer is 21-year-old Hungarian Bendeguz Bolla. But who on earth is he?

Well, here's what you need to know...


1. He's versatile

Bendegúz Bolla, Troy Parrott
Bendeguz Bolla comes up against Ireland's Troy Parrott / Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Bolla's preferred position is right-back, although he has sporadically featured in numerous other positions.

He has experience playing everywhere up the right flank - as far as an advanced right-winger - as well as featuring a few times as a number ten in the Hungarian second tier - even notching a goal in that position.

His attacking versatility should suit Lage whether he decides to opt for his more regular four in defence, or utilise wing-backs as the club have done so regularly under Espirito Santo.

2. He's always on the front foot

Bolla is truly an attacking full-back and, as we have seen with Nelson Semedo, that suits Wolves down to the ground.

The 21-year-old is always quick to press his man, get a foot in, and regain possession while his mindset will always take him marauding upfield in the aim of creating opportunities and getting in the box.

His willingness to surge forward to either cross or nick goals for himself - as seen above - will suit an attacking style of football, and could benefit Raul Jimenez perfectly.

3. He's creative

Despite being a right-back, Bolla can represent a formidable creative source for his side with his directness and quality of delivery.

Last campaign, in the Nemzeti Bajnoksag 1 - Hungary's top flight - the 21-year old managed an impressive five assists for MOL Fehervar FC.

4. He's been a regular top flight player for two years

Szabolcs Schön, Bendegúz Bolla
Bendeguz Bolla steaming forward / Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images

Bolla has been a regular starter in Hungary's top tier for the past two seasons, since the age of 19.

He spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Zalaegerszegi TE FC, making 27 appearances. Last campaign, the defender earned a regular place at parent club Fehervar, once more playing 27 times and helping to achieve a third-placed finish for a place in the Europa Conference League qualification first round.

5. He's a Hungary international

Bolla has represented his national side at Under-18, Under-19, Under-21, and senior levels.

In the youth teams, the full-back made 15 appearances and notched four goals - including a lovely two in four for the Under-19s - and was called up for the senior squad for the first time in June 2020.

The 21-year old has, however, had to wait until June 2021 to make his senior debut for his country, featuring in both of their warm-up matches for Euro 2020 - a 1-0 win over Cyprus and a 0-0 draw with Ireland.

Bolla was included in Hungary's final squad for the tournament, although never managed to get off the bench as Marco Rossi's side bowed out following a decent showing in the group of death.

6. He's been an international captain

Before his call up to the country's final Euro 2020 squad, Bolla had just become Under-21s captain.

Zoltan Gera gave the defender the armband for all of Hungary's Under-21 international games in March. Unfortunately, Bolla oversaw three losses - 3-0 to Germany, 2-1 to Romania, and a whopping 6-1 defeat to the Netherlands - although he did manage a goal.

7. He knows big occasions

As well as having a place in Hungary's squad for the European Championships, the 21-year-old earned a runner-up medal in the 2020/21 Magyar Cup.

The club's cup run included a victory over 32-time Hungarian champions Ferencvaros, who were crowned NB 1 winners last term.

Bolla played all seven of Fehervar's games up to the final, even scoring a goal in his side's 2-1 semi-final win over MTK Budapest. Unfortunately, the club were ultimately narrowly beaten 1-0 after extra time by Ujpest FC.


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