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Lopetegui reacts after Matheus Cunha makes Wolves debut against Aston Villa

Julen Lopetegui has insisted Matheus Cunha is going to improve, after the attacker made his Wolves debut against Aston Villa last night.

The 23-year-old was named on the bench by the Spaniard.

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Cunha had trained with his new teammates leading up to the game.

But Lopetegui opted to use him from the bench rather than throw him straight in, with Diego Costa leading the line once again.

Wolves took the lead in the game through Daniel Podence, who got his fourth goal of the season.

But Danny Ings cancelled that out in the second-half, lifting the ball past Jose Sa.

Wanderers again played fairly well and created a host of chances. But at the same time, they could very easily have lost this game, with Leon Bailey spurning a golden chance in injury-time.

Cunha replaced Costa with around half an hour left to play.

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But the was to be no fairytale winner from the Brazilian, who was unable to make much of an impact.

Lopetegui said after the game: “Matheus Cunha needs to play more and maybe he was for 30 minutes and no more, but step by step he has to improve. Today I think that he started playing in a very key moment for the match, but he’s going to improve.”

Matheus Cunha should start Wolves’ next game following debut against Aston Villa

Cunha picked up some nice attacking positions after he came on and also carried the ball well at times.

He clearly needs to build sharpness and form at the moment though.

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Perhaps he could start Wolves’ next game against Liverpool in the FA Cup this weekend. Or failing that, the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Nottingham Forest next Wednesday.

Games are coming thick and fast and Costa will surely need to spend some time on the bench.