Wolverhampton Wanderers took Pascal Estrada in 2018 and included him in their youth team. The defender spent two years with Wolves U18s before he was promoted to the U23 side in 2020.
After making 19 appearances for Wolves in the Premier League 2 last season, he featured 14 times in the same competition this campaign. He also made two appearances for Austria U18s last year.
The 19-year-old has given a detailed interview to Laola1, where he revealed it didn’t take him much time to decide to join the Premier League side, after undergoing a week’s trial with them.
When asked whether he can be in consideration for the Wolves’ first team if he meets certain conditions, Estrada said: “There aren’t any concrete points where they say, if I achieve this and that, I’ll play for the first team. I have to show myself like everyone else in training and play on the pitch.
“The head coach doesn’t care if someone is old or young. Only performance counts. The club offers me and many other young players the chance to train and show themselves at the top.”
The Austrian’s immediate goal is to convince Bruno Lage to give him an opportunity with the senior team. However, he is aware it won’t be easy due to the competition at Wolves.
“That is of course the goal. But it has to be emphasised Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss, who usually play from the start, are doing really well,” he said.
“Of course, as a defensive player it’s very difficult to get a match because things are going extremely well. But let’s see what happens by the end of the season, it’s definitely the goal.”
Although Estrada made his intentions clear, he does admit the need to have a backup plan if things don’t work out for him at Wolves.
“Of course, there is plan A, which is quite obvious. Of course, if that doesn’t work, you need a plan B. You have to be realistic,” the Austrian defender explained.
“My personal goal is quite simply to get into professional and adult football in the near future and also to gain game time there. If plan A doesn’t work, then of course you have to think about plan B.”