View: Bruno Lage needs to play Wolves starlet Luke Cundle in his natural position
There is no hiding from the fact that Wolves have not scored anywhere near the amount of goals they were expecting when Bruno Lage took over this summer.
Raul Jimenez hasn’t hit the same heights he did prior to his severe head injury last season and Fabio Silva is still yet to reach the potential everyone seems to believe he has within him.
Lage does though have a striker who can fire Wolverhampton Wanderers to better things in the future and he has come through their own academy too.
Luke Cundle made his Premier League debut in gold earlier this season and has a couple of starts to his name as well but he has so far been used as a central midfielder.
While it has sometimes been down to circumstance for the manager, the 20-tear-old is far more comfortable in the attack as a second striker who arrives late into the area.
He scored twice for Wolves’ Under-23s last night against Middlesbrough but it was the 4-2 win against Newcastle United that saw him show off his best abilities.
With the score 1-1, Cundle showed his very mature game intelligence to ghost behind the retreating Magpies defenders and be on the end of a low cross to give his side the lead.
Most young players wouldn’t gamble on running into the six-yard box and instead, wait for the ball to arrive via a pullback but with so many bodies in the way, it was never going to happen and he realised it before anyone else.
Later in the game, he proved his magnificent movement once again as he peeled away from the centre-half marking him to try and receive the ball in the vacant left channel.
The Wolves midfielder though opted to play the ball out wide to the flying winger having not seen the clever movement of Cundle in his peripheral vision.
Undeterred though, Cundle kept his run going into the area and because of his spin away from the defender, he was left completely unmarked in the box.
The winger duly crossed the ball in and the 20-year-old was there to control and finish to complete the scoring thanks to his never-say-die attitude.
With European football now looking like a long shot at best, now is the time that Lage has to try this kind of thing out so he can exploit them fully in 2022/23.