By Daniel Feliciano

1st Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Scouting expert picks out Luke Cundle as one to watch for Wolves in 2022/23

We’re delighted to welcome Football Manager’s Wolves researcher Dave Azzopardi as our exclusive columnist. Each week the scouting expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on Wonderkids across the UK…

Wolves midfielder Luke Cundle is one to watch for the new season, but could benefit from a loan deal to bulk up a little according to Dave Azzopardi.

The 20-year-old midfielder made a steady number of appearances during the 2021/22 campaign and impressed while stepping up from the Under-23’s squad on a more regular basis under manager Bruno Lage.

With veteran midfielder Joao Moutinho’s future up in the air and Ruben Neves continuing to be linked with an exit from the club, scouting expert Azzopardi picked out Cundle as someone who could step up and bolster the squad believing he has the technical quality to fit in quickly.

“It’s a weird one with the 23’s because there’s such a big difference between 23’s football and the Premier League,” he told The Football Wonderkids.

“It’s huge. I’ll say Luke Cundle. Cundle is someone that Bruno Lage likes, he’s had 13 games and started against Spurs away this year.

He’s had a lot of opportunities because Wolves, the potential midfield is really poor. We’ve only had three senior midfielders which is Moutinho, Neves and Dendoncker.

“Cundle has started a few games, he’s come off the bench a few times. I think Nuno identified him a couple of years ago as a player he liked, he played in the Europa League at 17.

So I think he could make the step up, but I think he’s one of those that could probably do with a good loan away. He’s still very lightweight. I think as a central midfielder in the Premier League you need to have something about you physically and I think he hasn’t quite got that yet, but I think technically on the ball he’s a very solid player.

I watched him a couple of weeks ago for the Under 23’s and when you watch 23’s football you can pick out the two or three players who have played at the first team level and he just stands out. So I’d say Luke Cundle.

Cundle won the Wolves Academy Player of the Season for the 2021/22 season and signed a new four-year contract with the club in March, tying him to the club until 2026.

In other Wolves news, Boubacar Kamara almost moved to Molineux before joining Aston Villa this summer